This is my first horse, Hope.  She was 18 when we pulled her shoes.  The images above are of her left front hoof, right out of shoes in 2004 and then in 2006 after I had been trimming her.   She had been wearing shoes for around 13 years straight, and had previously foundered as well!

 
 
This is a teenaged Arabian gelding shown immediately after the shoes were pulled and then 3 trims later.  We were able to trim off the shelly hoof at the toe and bring his breakover to a more correct position, and his heels lowered to engage and develop the rear of the foot.  
 

Same horse as above, in the oblique view of the right front, showing improvement in concavity.

 
 

QH gelding shown day of shoe removal and after 4th trim. This horse had essentially non-existant wall integrity when we started trimming him, weak frogs and flat soles. He was also growing out old abscess holes. Big changes going on for him... hoof rounder and much more substantial overall - look at the difference in his heel triangles.. he has somewhere to land now!

 

 

Same horse as above, same improvements in my opinion. This hoof had an old abscess hole in the heel which broke out and is the reason the wall is so thin (left side).

 
 

Left front of a seriously lame and overtrimmed Thoroughbred gelding right after his shoes had been pulled. First image is not my trim! Second image is only 3 1/2 months later. This horse is an example of the positive changes that can be made not by what you do trim, but by what you don't!

 
 

QH mare with pressure ripples in the walls and a pigeon toed appearance. Shown before first trim, then after 4th trim. She didn't actually have hoof quality problems nor conformational misalignment, just needed a balanced trim.

 

 
 

Paso Fino mare right front hoof with her previous trim and then after our trim.

 

 
 

Right front of an Andalusian/QH mare, shown right after shoe removal and about a year and a 1/2 later. This horse is a rock crusher!

 

 
 

Quarter Horse mare shown the first trim out of shoes and then a year and a 1/2 later. Like the horse above, this mare is very sound on almost any terrain.

 

 
 

Quarter horse mare right after shoe removal and then 8 months later, showing a more naturally shaped heel area and more robust frog.

 

 
 

Changes to left front clubby foot on a young mustang mare - heel is lower and angles normalized to better alignment.

 

 
 

Right front of a QH mare first in shoes, then approximately one year later. The hoof is better centered under the leg with the weight bearing area moved back.

 

 
 

Left front of a gelding (unknown breeding) with excessively high heels and long toes. Time between photos is 6 weeks.

 

 
 

Left front of a QH gelding showing better pastern alignment and toe angle, smoother wall growth.

 

 
 

Right hind of the same horse as above, showing the same improvements in my opinion.

 

 
 

QH gelding in shoes and then 7 months later. All separation has grown out, and he has beautiful wall thickness now!

 

 
 

QH mare out of corrective shoeing package and 7 months later. This mare was recommended for nerving after all other attempts to get her sound failed. She is back in full time work as a reined cow horse.

 

 
 

Left hind of a QH mare right out of shoes and then 4 months later. Deep central sulcus frog thrush was treated daily with Albadry.

 

 
 

Tennessee Walker gelding with high heels and rippled wall growth returning to a natural heel height with healthy walls.

 

 
 

Gaited gelding shown in shoes and 4 months later. His shelly, separated and rippled hoof wall turned smooth and thick over a short period of time.

 

 
 

Year and a half progress of a mid 20s Arabian gelding, showing correction of severely underrun heels.

 

 
 

Left hind of a young WB gelding in shoes and 8 months later. This horse is competing successfully training level eventing.

 
 

Before and after of Tb gelding who came to us with a toe crack. (crack shown after we opened it)

 

 
 

Left front of an upper level WB gelding, after shoe removal and 6 months later.  His heels have moved back under him and his frogs and digital cushion are developing nicely.

 

 
 

Left front of a young WB gelding, shown right out of shoes and then 4 months later.  His heels have moved back as the frog got even wider and healthier to absorb the impact of a healthy heel first landing.

 

Right front of a foundered insulin resistant pinto mare. Images are 10 months apart.  The mare's diet was changed from alfalfa to tested low sugar grass hay and balanced minerals.  To see more of her photos click HERE

 

 
Left front of a foundered Arabian gelding with Cushings, pics shown are 3 months apart showing the lamellar wedge and imbalance growing out.  
 
Same horse as above in a solar shot - 3 months between the "before" and "after" view showing the same changes - plus you can see that his frog has become healthier and is getting better ground contact.  
 
Right front oblique view of a young Paint gelding.  He had paper thin soles, weak walls, quarter cracks and no development in the rear of his hoof to start. Images are 6 months apart.  This horse was casted back-to-back for the 6 months to allow him to grow in a healthier hoof and build sole.  He is now sound, barefoot and ridden in Back Country boots.  
 
Right front lateral view of a young insulin resistant, foundered Rocky Mountain gelding. Second image is 5 months from the first.  The horse was changed from an alfalfa and oat hay diet to strictly grass hay, and we helped him realign his hoof capsule with the internal structures.   
 
Right hind lateral of a Grand Prix dressage horse, 8 months between images. All evidence of collapsing in the quarters is gone, and the weight bearing area of the heel has moved back to better support the limb. The dorsal wall is no longer bull nosed and she has grown in a smooth, unrippled hoof wall.  
 
Right front of an upper level dressage horse, images are 4 months part.  Her heels have opened and moved back, giving her a more stable landing zone.   
 
Left hind of a Grand Prix dressage horse, images are 6 months apart.  This horse had negative plantar angles which were corrected by bringing the toes back as well as down, which relieved the pressure on the frog and underlying digital cushion and lateral cartilages.    
 
Left hind lateral of a different horse than above, this is a 10 year old WB gelding, also a dressage horse.  Another negative plantar angle correction, the images are only 5 weeks apart.  With the toe wall relaxing down and no longer bullnosed, and the pressure relieved from the back of the foot, the heel and related structures are no longer being crushed and can begin to grow more upwards  
 
Left hind lateral of a warmblood gelding, yet another negative plantar angle correction.  Images are 4 months apart.  Same fixes as above!  
 
Radiographs of the same horse as above, but of the left front, 4 months apart.  It isn't very common to have negative palmar angles in front, but this guy did... We were able to improve his angles, increase sole depth, and greatly improve his breakover.  This horse was considered retired due to his lameness, but has now gone back to work!  
 
Left front sole view of a warmblood mare, images are 5 months apart. This mare has some interesting looking feet outwardly, but she's very sound on them and you can see their rapid development - especially from this view in the heel bulb, digital cushion and frog.
 
3 months progress - left hind lateral view of a Thoroughbred gelding with negative plantar angles confirmed via radiograph.  His heels have lifted, which stopped the outward crushing of the bars (which were causing flaring) and the squashing of his frog and internal structures. Even though the changes occurred in the rear of the foot, the change was made by addressing the toes!  
 
Left front sole view of a young warmblood mare, images are 4 months apart.  Her heels have moved back and are developing so that they are no longer underrun.   
 
Lateral radiograph of the same foot/horse as shown just above. Her palmar angle was roughly zero degrees at the start, and improved to several degrees positive in the 4 months between images.  
 
Left hind lateral view, warmblood gelding - 3 months between images. His heels were very underrun and low, with the weight bearing area pulling forward and under. His heels have nowstarted to become stronger and more upright, to better support his entire structure.  
 
Sole view of the same horse as above, his foot has become more round in shape as his heel area has strengthened and moved back to help support him. You can see too that his frogs have thickened and widened as a result!  
 
Left hind of a teenaged gelding with a chronic crack where he has a scar/seam in his hoof wall. Images are 9 months apart. The crack was grown out using a combination of a gradual change in angle to more positive, plus opening and cleaning the crack and packing it (we used both Keratex hoof putty and Artimud).  
 
Right front of an older Arabian mare with vet diagnosed DSLD. Images are 10 months apart. She now has a shorter breakover, with the weight bearing area of the heel moved back under the limb to provide better support and less strain on her damaged ligaments.  
 
Right front lateral view of an older Thoroughbred mare, images are about a year and a half apart. The change was made to her hoof through gently re-aligning her heels with her collateral grooves/internal structures, allowing her to remain comfortable and start to use the rear of her hoof. That kind of movement starts it reshaping back into a better form.  
 
Right front solar view of an upper level dressage warmblood gelding. Images are just 2 months apart! His frogs opened and his weight bearing area of his heels have moved back for better support of his limbs.  
                   

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