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Lameness ! You probably don't even know your horse is at risk.
Don't make these mistakes
Wednesday 26th of November 2008 06:57 PM

Hello Hello                                                                                         11/26/08

                                                                                                      

     Well it's been a while , too many court appearances and depositions have taken my focus away from you for a bit - my apologies , but i'm back for the time.

     First order of business: The October Custom Hand Forged Horse Head Hoof Pick Winner is ------- Lori of Huntington Vermont. Congratulations Lori . Perfect Timing for a Christmas Present.  Enjoy .

     I just want to jump right into todays topic : Balance         You realize if you put 10 farriers in a room together and ask them what balance means or is you'll most likely get 10 different answers. Truth is there's only ONE balance !! When the foot's balanced it's balanced !   just that simple. Problem is it's very little understood what balance is or how to achieve it. Not only is it a problem but it's sad , because many many horses are coming up lame and permanently lame because of it.

                                  What's wrong with this picture ?

                                                   Natural Balance Shoes

                         It's a trick question, there's Nothing wrong with the picture.

       What the picture shows is wear patterns, correct wear patterns. Those are a pair of Natural Balance Shoes. As you can see the wear pattern is straight across the toes where it belongs. I shoe the horse these shoes came off.  Now a quick story.

       I was visiting another horseshoeing blog and the farrier who runs the blog was ranking and putting down these Natural Balance shoes. Natural Balance shoes are squarish at the toe (for good reason) and as such there is a corner on each side of the flat spot as you can see. There's nothing wrong with Natural Balance Shoes , in fact they're a great shoe providing they are put on correctly. The farrier's gripe was the horse had to wear the corner of the shoe down before it could walk correctly. I don't have the photo to show you but the farrier was noticing wear on one of the corners of the shoe and not the other.

      The argument about the shoe was the horse would have trouble walking on the point ( the corner ) until it wears down. When i saw the article i just thought to myself "Oh man he was so close" so close to discovering something important - "Wear Patterns" and the meaning of wear patterns. He was on the verge of enlightenment but just missed it - instead of understanding the problem he was blaming it on the shoe - NOT GOOD !!! If he understood what he was doing he would realize something very key and One of the very important aspects to achieving balance to the horses foot : Breakover !!

      Ok !  now take a look at this shoe. Notice the difference.

                                               Crooked Wear Pattern Natural Balance Shoe

       Pretty obvious to you isn't it where that wear pattern is right ? Crooked !! This foot is being shod incorrectly. The big question is "WHY"? This foot is out of balance and the horse is at risk of lameness and quite possibly even permanent lameness. If you see anything that resembles this on your horses shoes you should change shoers or educate him and tell him how you want your horse's shod. Don't just blindly rely on your farrier to know how to shoe horses - sorry to say but this is just One example of how shoers ruin horses , I just don't want you or your horse to be next.  OK?  so here's the deal............

      I've spent the past 18 years studying this method of shoeing i use that has provided me with a perfect 100% record "Not One Single Lame Horse" due to my method of shoeing that wasn't taught me in farrier school or the textbooks. I've spent years and years studying and thousands and thousands of hours testing and verifying everything i do and say. This works ! And i want you to know about it.

      I've put together a Ebook that goes over all the ways you can recognize your horse is at risk of lameness. You know in 18 years i have been telling new clients about this not one single one of them said " They already knew it ".  Now you can be one of the ones - one of the few that know. You'll set yourself apart.

      The Ebook is just about done , about 2 weeks more - i want to give it to you. Yup. It's going to be very affordable - only 500$ Just kidding just kidding , I'm going to make this really easy for you ---------------- This Ebook that i have spent years of study on to produce is ------------        FREE !!!!    Look !  just don't even think twice. Just go right now - leave your name and email address at John@Care4Horses.com just ask for the book and i'll let you know the minute it's available. PROMISE !!   Your horse is depending on you.      here it is again John@Care4Horses.com

Ok - there. Now i just want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving .

John "TheFootDoctor" Silveira

PS. Almost forgot. I am also giving Consultation for any horseshoeing issues you may have and it's - guess what ?  --------- ALSO FREE !!!! but you better hurry - i won't be doing that forever and might have to stop that at any time - so get in gear   (-:      It's my committment to you AND your horse.      

take care -

    as usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com

          

 

 

   


Response 1
Thursday 23rd of July 2009 04:45:19 PM
Submitted by: Gwyn Dehart
The Epona Shoe I have a Paint Gelding who has been lame for a year now. He had corrective shoeing done but slowly getting worse. I decided to try a different farrier who uses the epona shoe before I put poor Trevor down to end his suffering. I'm not one to believe the mumbo jumbo on a new product. Within a week he was running around completely sound. It's amazing what a plastic and rubber shoe can do.

Unruly Clients . Oh the misery
Don't make these mistakes
Tuesday 11th of November 2008 11:29 PM

11-11-08

     I have a new client , she was recommended by a friend of mine. No names mentioned here and i doubt this new client will find this blog post , it's probably one in a million chance so i'm going for it   (-:

     I meet the client , she has a nice little pony and she's a nice lady. During our discussion about her pony i was told the pony needs to be put in this shoe on the left front that is none other than a shoe with a heel caulk on it. I was told this pony had heels problems and the farrier used this shoe telling the client that it increased circulation and a host of other miraculous things. Interesting i say !!

     The shoe is designed for traction and has nothing to do with circulation but there is no way i'm going to to argue with this woman - she is adamant and the tone of her voice is telling me she's doesn't want to be argued with . Normally i don't care and i tell the client what i know is the truth and if i get fired so be it, but my responsibility lies with the horse's safety and i have to tell the owner what's really going on.

     In this particular case i haven't mentioned anything or gotten into the argument/discussion with the client. The shoe we're using (the heel caulk shoe) is not causing any issues with the horses foot - i can still keep balance so i'm not putting the horse at any risk, however the woman believes these miraculous qualities about the shoe and i haven't burst her bubble so to speak and don't think i will.

     She's kinda hard to deal with though because i have to bite my tongue and hold things back which kinda puts pressure on me and creates some tension to be honest. I don't think i'll ever say anything to her about the shoe , somehow it just doesn't seem worth it.  anyway what's the point ?  Well - obviously "Keep an Open Mind" seems to speak to this problem. It's just my job is hard enough without having clients that are stubborn and act as if they know more than i do about shoeing.   LOL    

     Before i leave i want to show you this foot . Got this photo from an email someone sent me. The Foot is soooo not level, one side of the foot is much shorter than the other which is going to mess with the coffin bone joint and the navicular bone. Here's the photo.

                         not level foot

      As you should be able to see clearly the right side of the photo if looking at the hoof wall it's obvious that side of the foot is much shorter than the left side of the foot. This will make the short side of the foot flop to the ground and the long side will be pushed upwards throwing the whole coffin bone out of alignment , as we've already mentioned navicular disease ( erosion/degradation of the bones ) having a foot like this will put your horse at risk of lameness and possibly even permanent lameness.

     If you'll go to my personal blog site http://Farrieritis.Care4Horses.com you'll be able to easily enough find a link to "True Level".  It's a very short video that explains how to get this part of the shoeing correct. You should understand this or you won't be able to look at your own horses feet and know if it's at risk of lameness. There's actually 2 links but one was a test and doesn't work , if you pick that one first just go to the next one and you'll be fine- takes a minute to load so be patient.  Let me know if you have any questions , just email me personally at John@Care4Horses.com  consultation is still at no cost - that's FREE !  Weeeeee !

Ok - have fun and as usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com  

thanks again

Joh  "TheFootDoctor" Silveira


The consequences of thinking you know too much
Don't make these mistakes
Friday 28th of March 2008 11:54 AM

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Hello Riders , The Foot Doctor here. TGIF and looks like a great weekend on it's way.

I'm going to get alittle real with you , you'll find i do this a bit , remember i won't pull any punches here. Over my years as a Farrier i've witnessed alot and have to deal with clients attitudes and let's just say the pitfalls as well that horseowners fall into. Since The Foot Doctor is about lameness and preventing lameness the point is the pitfalls i'm talking about are the ones that lead horseowners to dreaded , unsuspected horse lameness and sometimes worst of all , permanent lameness and horses being put down as a result.

So i'm setting the stage here right off the bat , don't set yourself up for a fall by thinking you already know everything about horses feet and legs. Don't think that just because your horse has been sound for this long that everythings ok. I have alot of reasons why i am saying this and for some reason (For me so far) it's one of the most critical aspects of horseshoeing and lameness prevention that's the hardest for me to drill in and get the message across.   If i could just snap my fingers and you'd get this message loud and clear it would be great -  Lameness Sucks OK ? YOUR horse could end up that way.

I need to reiterate something again to get this message across. I personally have a 17 year 100% track record (Not One Single Lame Horse) due to my shoeing method. There's a reason for that - a deep reason that has to do with tying a great many aspects about shoeing all together into a system. This system wasn't taught me in what's considered the worlds greatest horseshoeing school where the 3 month mastery class tuition is close to 10 thousand dollars. Now think about this  - if it wasn't taught in the Farrier Schools or textbooks what do you think/feel is the chance your horse is not being shod correctly and at a risk of lameness / permanent lameness?  easy - HIGH.

My shoeing record isn't just due to working on a few horses ( you may only own a "Few" horses throughout your lifetime ) - my record is due to working on hundreds of different horses over periods of years of time and spanning 17 years. That accounts for something - namely "Something's being done right".    

I need to warn you . I get alot of emails from people all over the world who find my information on the web and tell me horror stories of how their Farrier ruined all their horses feet, how this and that horse is now lame. I have clients locally that have horror stories about when the Farrier came out he trimmed the feet so short both horses could only lie on the ground ( FOR WEEKS ) and she had to come out every day and pull them up off the ground and turbulate (water treatment) the feet.  And the list of these kind of horrible events is long and continues to grow.  You need to know without a shadow of a doubt your horses feet are correct or the risk of Lameness raising it's ugly head on your horses is surely a possibility. 

Don't take your horses feet lightly.

Here's an example: A couple weeks ago a client of mine introduced me to one if his friends ( a woman ) who was interested in me trimming her barefoot horse. When i was introduced to the woman and took a look at her barefoot horse the feet weren't lineing up correctly and there were some definate out of balance issues. When i started explaining to the woman these principles and mentioning lameness she was rather closed minded and for the most part had an attitude of "I've had horses for years and know it all". She wasn't getting the message as i was explaining why her horse could very well come up lame. It happens all the time. What makes her think she's immune to it. Part of my conversation with her was pointing out her horses feet were seriously out of balance and really the only way to get the horse into true balance was through a shoeing method ( to generate hoof where needed as well as moving direction of feet where they should be along with several other principles only achieved through a shoeing process.) She wouldn't have any part of it at first - refusing to accept the truth " Her horse was at risk ". I had to keep telling her "Your horse is at risk of lameness" - if you ride it like this you may get away with it for a long time - but one day you also might go out for your ride and finally the repetitive incorrect motion of the horse's joints and feet finally take their tole and now you have a lame horse. I had to continue to tell her she's not going to like having a lame horse and possibly one that will be lame for life. She finally started getting the message but it wasn't easy getting it through to her. A closed  mind is a terrible thing. Horses don't give a warning they're going to come up lame - It just HITS - and HITS HARD.

                            So don't be like her. Open your mind up here.

     I've said this before - in 17 years in this trade not one of my clients already knew what i showed them to be correct shoeing. So stick with us here as we'll go through all the ins and outs and the inside information of correct shoeing and balance. On the other side of this you and your horse will be much better off for it.   

Ok - so next post i'll be starting to share photos and examples , the good , the bad , and all the rest .  The world of horseshoeing and how it relates to the animal really is and has been a FASCINATING one.   Let's get this going.

Thank you again . As usual happy and safe riding.

John "TheFootDoctor" Silveira .    See you next time.

PS.  By the way - i'm giving away (FREE) Custom Hand Forged Horse Head Hoof Picks from my webpage http://Farrieritis.Care4Horses.com     Just go there and sign up - that's all it takes.    

                                  Have a GREAT weekend


Response 1
Thursday 17th of April 2008 12:03:30 AM
Submitted by: Iroc
Nice article Thought you might find this interesting. We own a Horse who's right rear foot was severed by a flying stop sign in a bad thunderstorm. The foot was left hanging only by a couple of tendons. After an extensive reattatchment surgery and months of rehab, the horse, now 9 yrs later, trail rides every weekend and you could never tell(other than the scar) that he was once a near amputee. In fact he's very rambunctious The Secret? Love, work, and a little Chiropractic help. Its not always a lost cause.

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