Tuesday 29th of April 2008 03:20 PM
Hello again, John here. Been away for a bit working on the Ebook that i'm putting out for you - a Freebie - "Inside Horseshoeing Secrets of Lameness Prevention". It'll be packed with the most important information on identifying conditions of horses feet that produce risk of lameness. What you don't know can flat out ruin your horse.
You know ever day i go out to shoe horses it's an amazing thing for me - there's always something new - different horses , different people , different barns , and all different problems and challenges , very diverse. Yesterday was no exception , But the point is every day i'm dying to tell you about the interesting points . Sooo, here's a starter.
Shoeing at the Mounted Patrol grounds yesterday , before i go farther i should say i've only let two clients go "ever" in my whole 17 year career, well just so happens one of those two boards a horse where i was working yesterday. I had given this client up about 6 months ago ( i won't mention why - it's really not important - lets just say personal ). Well the horse in particular has some quite specific needs. Long story short my curiosity got the best of me. I saw written on the wall who the new farrier was - someone that i have not heard of before , of course i wanted to go check out the type of work he was doing , so i did.
When i walked into the stall with the horse and picked it's feet up ------ SURE ENOUGH - longish toes , One side of foot shorter than the other , shoe put on crooked , Not level and well why wasn't i surprised, i see it all too often. These are things that lead to lameness every day.
Interestingly enough to just add to this story on another note i had recieved an email over the past several days from a gentleman asking questions about what happens when sometimes i rasp the hoof wall all the way to the white line, during our conversation together ( several emails ) he also mentioned his horse hits first on the outside (Lateral) side of it's foot then adding he's absolutely sure the horse is absolutely level. Now this guy is a farrier / attended one of the schools.
Well , i know why horses hit the outside first. Anyway - i asked him - " Sir , could you please describe for me how and why you are so sure your horse is Level ". Sure enough his description of a level horse was all about what the sole of the foot looks like on both sides and how one heel looked compared to the other from the bottom of the foot , None of the forementioned points have anything relation to establishing a level foot. There we go - just as i thought and expected.
So , i told the gentleman to go to Http://Farrieritis.Care4Horses.com , my personal blog and look for the video there that explains exactly what a level foot really is because from what you just described to me you are definately NOT establishing a level foot. Good for him he went there and studied and wrote me back and said " You know i've never looked at it like that - the school i attended didn't teach that and thank you so much". I love it . But as you know the problem is this farrier wasn't even taught this in the school he attended, and the reason i'm pointing this out to you , the reader of this , is there's a very very high chance your horse is not being shod correctly - i'm talking in the upper 95+ percentile range and you're horses are at risk and you don't even know it in spite of what the / your Farrier is saying to you. ok - nuff on that ....
Here's the other interesting thing for the day . Are you aware or did you know that horses frogs will completely shed right off the foot exposing a fresh brand spanking new perfectly shaped frog underneath ? Yup it's true and i have a photo to show you below. While shoeing at the Mounted Patrol i noticed the frogs of the horse i was working on were very thickly built up since it's last shoeing. I've seen this before so i expected the frog was ready to shed. And this is cool.
When the frog is taking up so much space on the bottom of the foot it can really get in the way of all the other work needed on the sole - cutting the bars out - and reshaping the contour of the sole, so anytime i can give a little tug on the frog and the whole things starts to peel off i love it as it makes my work so much easier . Reshaping the sole can be a huge amount of work especially if the sole is rather hard so having the frog out of the way lets me get my nippers in there to start peeling away the hardened sole , saving all the stress on my hands trying to cut the sole out with my knife.
so here's a photo for you , FROGS. When frogs shed it's a very healthy sign. Have a look now.
I didn't get a photo of the brand new frog on the foot but very nice looking clean healthy ...
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Horse Wormers and Dog Deaths.
Wednesday 23rd of April 2008 01:59 AM
Heey there , How's it all going ? We're getting some sprinkles here in the Bay Area California at 11:00 pm .
Just want to quickly mention something important to you and possibly stop some accidents from happening.
While at my sisters house the other day she told me one of her girlfriends who has horses and dogs as well was giving the oral worming medicine to her horse when some of the medicine dropped onto the ground as the horse was doing some head tossing when her dog quickly lapped some very small amount of the medicine. The poor dog ( within several minutes ) went into siezures and before anyone could do anything about it , the dog died.
I just don't remember ever hearing such a thing and since i know many of you have dogs that tag along during the horsey stuff i feel i should make mention of this so you don't loose a dog .
So apparently a very small amount of wormer can be lethal to the dogs . Be Careful.
WORMER MEDICINE WILL KILL DOGS...
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John "TheFootDoctor" silveira
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Dying to tell you this.
Thursday 17th of April 2008 05:10 PM
I came straight home cause i'm just dying to tell you this little short story.
First off i should kick myself for walking out the door this morning without my camera. For some reason i just didn't think i'd be needing it - "WRONG"! So here's the story.
I got called out by a client i've had for years. Here's what i mean about how people change farriers for no apparent reason to me and end up in trouble. I've been this womans farrier for just about 16 years now, her horses have never been lame while i worked on them. So she calls me yesterday and says "John can you come out and check Karims feet - the farrier has done something funny and Karim is standing on her sole and not even the hoof - can you come check it out"? So ok - even though you are using another farrier instead of me i'll come out and check things out.
So i get there , Karim is not an easy keeper as far as joints and knees go. She's got full blown arthritis on the right front knee with lumps protruding out everywhere and the left foot has a serious case of ringbone , so gawl dang it ( i'm italian i get emotional remember ) the feet need very close attention paid to them when a horse has issues like this.
So i'm told it's the left front foot that i need to look at , I pick the foot up and just immediately GASP at what i saw. There was a huge hunk of sole that had and was never being cleaned away protruding from whole bottom of the foot - it was so overgrown and sticking out so far that the horse was standing on it instead of the hoof wall .
Before i even picked up the foot i noticed while just looking at the foot while the horse was standing that the toe had grown much too long in a forward fashion and the heels were sheering and being pulled forward by the long toe as well. That alone was enough of a red flag for me - but when i picked up that foot to look at the sole i just couldn't believe it. Who in their right mind ( especially a farrier ) would ever allow such a rediculous growth on the bottom of the horses foot. I beside myself ! And i started thinking and trying to understand how and why and all the possbile reasons for such a thing. Does the farrier really have that little clue ? How can that possibly be ? This is so hideous . Was he just lazy ? No i don't think so. What the farrier told the woman who owned the horse was this is the "Natural method" and "There's nothing more i can do" blah blah blah blah add Naseum. Like i said i'm Italian but gawd allmighty if i don't stop trying to figure out how such hideous things exist in this farrier industry i'll just get myself all worked up or worse yet go insane !!!
The woman who owns the horse just wanted me to explain to her what this farrier was doing to her horse - I'm sorry to say there's no explanation !! i tried to come up with some logical "Excuse" why such a horrendous condition existed on her horse but fell very short - Zip , Nada ! She and i just went round and round and round with countless scenarios and Nothing though to explain concretely either how or why this horses feet should look this way, Even though her farrier was adamant ( and i mean adamant ) the feet should be done in such a manner.
Well - Ok. I tell the owner of Karim to come up here while i show her personally what is happening and what to do about this mess and to just "Stand right there and i'll show you". She stood right there and watched as i explained and started to go to work on the poor foot. Very first thing i did was just get my nippers and give a slight tug on that huge hunk of sole on the bottom of the foot and the whole bottom of the foot (the sole) just Popped right off the foot leaving the whole "Natural" foot underneath. Needless to say my client was quite shocked ! She's still all eyes as i keep going forward with finishing the foot and giving her a play by play explanation of all this.
Now that the huge obstruction is out of the way from the bottom of the foot i have access to pealing off the rest of the loose sole and getting to the natural foot. Well what my client was watching was how suddenly this cleaning of the old sole created a hoof wall with nearly 2 full inches growth - for heavens sake even i was shocked to see that much hoof wall. I'd say it would take about 4 months to grow that much hoof wall. You guessed it my client was shocked.
So eyes still on me and i'm still not done talking to her as all this is unfolding before her eyes it's time to cut off that nearly 2 inches of hoof wall growth. Snip snip with the nippers and 20 seconds later all that hoof wall is removed. Now the natural angle of the hoof was restored to aligning with the pastern bones - the toe of the foot was rasped back to where it belongs , the heels are not so sheered and that foot now matches the other good foot ! What the HELL was all that about and what the HELL is going on here ?
I just "Can Not Believe Such a Thing" For the life of me i simply just cannot understand how anyone least of all a farrier can ever believe that the condition of Karims foot was the least bit correct ! This isn't the first time i've seen such things nor is it the first farrier shoeing i've seen like this. I see it all to often ! What do these guys do just close their eyes ? Do they just not pay attention ? Do they just have no "FEEL" for anything at all ? Do they just make sure they hold their hand out to collect the check ? Do they even care? What !? And he came highly recommended !! JEESUS i just don't GET IT ?
And they (The Farrier) sure as hell aren't getting it either ..
My opinion - these guys should not be allowed to touch horses feet . This is how the term Malpractice was created. Horses blow up like this - they blow tendons and ligaments and get ruined like this.
Obviously there is something wrong with this whole picture.
Horseowners don't know - they get farriers that don't know , the horses come up lame and the horseowner gets another farrier that doesn't know and this viscious circle just goes round and round. And the horses pay for it ! This happens world over. I get emails from people all over the world telling me these same kind of stories - horses in trouble everywhere. Time for a paradigm shift . For the farriers too. I have to remember to not put the blame - this problem starts at the educational level as well. Farrier schools don't teach the right thing either - the farrier school i graduated from (Considered the best school in the world) didn't teach hardly any of what i know now. They just did not teach it.
What else can i say ? i could go on and on about this stuff. Seriously - the Gimmicks out there in the Farrier industry , Like the woman that emailed me wanting me to check out this new style of shoeing ( In Kuhoots with a Vet ) that i took one look at and said to myself #1, i have NEVER EVER needed to shoe a horse in such a trumped up manner of shoeing with every gimmick ever invented on the horse and #2 i would never ever ever shoe my horse like that ........... LET ALONE this shoeing was at a cost of 500.00 per two front feet !!!! FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS for two front feet !!!!! Are you getting a clue about what's happening out there yet ? Like i said " I COULD GO ON AND ON ". BELIEVE ME " ON AND ON "....... And you know - I'm "The renegade" because i started opening my mouth about this and blogging about this and putting information out there so people / farriers / horseowners / the schools etc etc can make that paradigm shift and pull their heads OUT of Wherever it's stuck. It just doesn't stop here - it goes ON and ON. boggles my mind............ ANYWAY !!! like i said - i can go insane if i don't stop at some point - Soooo. Here take a look at the hoof picks i make and give away as a promotion to help spread the word that the truth about shoeing is out there for you and the horses.
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Bozo The Clown feet ? Coffin Bone Rotation
Thursday 17th of April 2008 12:29 AM
Hello ! The Foot Doctor here. How's it going?
If you've been reading along you've heard me mention Bozo the clown feet and coffin bone rotation. Here's a picture of about 9 degrees rotation of the coffin bone on a little pony i'm taking care of. The pony foundered so this isn't a Bozo incident, nevertheless coffin bone rotation is serious.
As you can see the point of the coffin bone is very close to the ground ( the tip is pointing down ), sometimes this point of the coffin bone will ( in severe cases ) actually protrude through the bottom of the foot. God Forbid.
One of the other posts here was about the horse Big Al who did actually have some of the worst Bozo feet i've seen. When you look at the sole of his foot/feet there was alot of blood woven through the sole and a big blood blister there as well. Big Al was getting rotation of the coffin bone causing the bloody sole.
Right now i just wanted you to see what rotation is and how close that coffin bone can get to the ground which makes it very vulnerable to rocks that can actually break it.
OK ? so check it out - notice how the tip of the coffin bone is pointing downard. Real quick just let me say - "The coffin bone is also called P3 - the next bone up is called P2 and next is P1". You should also notice that when the coffin bone points downard P2 and P3 are forced into conflicting angles ( one tilts in the opposite direction of the other ) which is not good " Arthritis " is a common result.
OK - here you go. study up (-:
Allright now , next time we'll go deeper again.
As usual happy and safe riding .
John The Foot Doctor Silveira
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Wild Rampant Controversy , will it ever stop.
Saturday 12th of April 2008 09:28 PM
Hello Hello , The Foot Doc here. Enjoying your weekend? I am . just got back from the coast shoeing a couple horses.
This post is about controversy. Also confusion and more missconceptions , in fact the incorrect conceptions are still taught in the schools and textbooks which boggles the imagination in this day and age. I run into these issues all the time and just shake my head in wonder sometimes these problems still exist in the Farrier industry and even at the Education level. So lets dig in here. What i'm explaining here is one of the most important aspects of shoeing - so file this one in your memory banks.
I was called out to shoe the horse in the photo yesterday. As i was trimming the foot i realized the hairline (Coronary Band) was not level (Horizontal) after i had indeed trimmed the foot level. As i realized this i remembered the conversation ( argument ) i had on a horseshoeing blog with a guy that was proposing the correct way to trim a foot level was to make sure the hairline was horizontal. He went as far in his argument to even quote from some other apparently well known farrier. The Argument is that the hoof wall is attached to the foot by ligaments which dictate a level foot being hairline horizontal. I'm here to tell you it's just not so - yet a current prevelant practice.
I told this fellow on the blog i didn't need to quote anyone to know he's wrong about this aspect of shoeing. I then went on to explain the proper and only way to accurately trim a foot for level is to use the bones themselves as the starting measuring point. Here's the truth - if you don't trim the foot so the bones themselves are in alignment and level then the foot isn't trimmed correctly irregardless of what the hairline at the hoof is doing.
The bones in the foot , particularly the pastern bones including the coffin bone , ride in a very limited way of moving - basically just forward and backward as the horse walks. I'll be posting a bone study which will help you understand if i'm being too vague here. With that said it's the bones , let me repeat that "The Bones" that need to be aligned and aligned correctly. Establishing a level foot is really quite simple once you get the way to do it correctly understood. It's a bit difficult to explain in text so i'll also be producing for you a short video which will clear this up for you if you're not quite getting it.
To establish level all one has to do is move the foot in the natural way it moves , in the same way as the horse walks and look directly at the bottom of the foot (Hoof ) as you move the foot in this manner . It's visually obvious which side of the foot is longer or shorter in relationship to the exact - i repeat " The Exact " way the foot moves. So if you trim the hoof so there is not one side longer in this manner you're guaranteed the foot will be level. There's simply no other way to accurately measure for a level foot and this way of doing it is very very accurate. Well i suppose you could take Xrays of the foot each time you nip some hoof wall off and then be sure but that rediculous isn't it?
Ok. Now if you look at the photo of the left rear foot you'll see that hairline is quite not so level ( horizontal ) in fact it's quite off , according to conventional wisdon and what my friend on his blog was saying , this foot then is not level based on the hairline method of measuring. What i want to tell you with as much assurity as the sun is coming up in the morning , if i trimmed that side of that left rear foot that looks longer so the hairline would then be horizontal that poor horses joint would be jacked around , it would be binding on the lateral side of the joints and it would also be twisted toward the outside as well. Neither of those two events are the least bit desirable to your horses soundness. In fact both of those conditions will lead your horse to some serious lameness and possibly permanent lameness.
Again , i'm here to point out all the fallicies and misconceptions and incorrect methods of shoeing ( and there are many ) so you and your horse don't fall into the trap. You sitting there reading this need to know , that trap is a deep one. It can ruin you psychologically, financially, emotionally and more if you end up putting a horse down (Your horse) because someone isn't doing things right with your horses feet.
Look ! i just got a call from a client yesterday who is getting another new horse. She told me the horses feet are way off - she told me who is shoeing the horse - turns out the Farrier is one of the most popular farriers in the bay area who charges upwards of 200 bucks per shoeing. What is up ?? This farrier has over 40 years in the industry. I've seen this farriers work . One guy came up to me one day asking me if i would look at his horse because he could tell the horse was having some kind of problems with it's feet - i took one look at the horses feet as he brought the horse out and i almost fainted. The horse could barely walk - it's head was hanging on the ground practically so unhappy. The horses feet were so twisted out of shape and so far grown out of balance the poor guy could hardly walk. The worst part is the owner had been riding the poor horse like this. The poor horse was on the verge of blowing. oh well - this kind of thing gets my blood going.
Anyway look at the photo just notice that hairline and how crooked it is , and just get used to accepting the fact that some visual aspects of what a foot looks like are not guidelines to use in the method or process of shoeing - this photo/hairline is one of them. I'll discuss more of these kind of things later. I promise. You hang with this and i promise soon you'll not ever have the wool pulled over your eyes about shoeing ever again. OK ? here's the photo. Left rear.
You have a good weekend . As usual happy and safe riding.
John " The Foot Doctor " Silveira
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Consequences of hoof stretch
Thursday 10th of April 2008 08:34 PM
Hello , it's been quite the week. How are you doing?
Here's a photo of a horse i was recently asked to shoe with some of the worst hoof stretch i've ever seen. If you look closely at the heel area you can see what is nearly a right angle at the heel where the hoof just completely lost integrity and crashed into stretch.
I don't want you to think hoof wall is completely static and not capable of stretch and even severe stretch. So not only can a foot become too long but the hoof wall can also completely change shape.
The photo in this case shows the hoof was not being trimmed , so it became long , but also due to the length the hoof wall stretched forward. The redlines show where the foot should be in relation to the pastern bones. The red line at the foot should line up with the red line at the pastern bones. When the hoof comes into line with the pastern bones the horse is at it's "Natural Angle".
In my opinion this horse was neglected. It is a backyard horse and the owner is not new to horses, she should know better. I've seen cases like this one with the toe long and stretched forward where the pastern joint was slammed nearly all the way to the ground from the deep flexor tendon being over stretched from the long toe. In that case the horse was permanently ruined.
The problem with a long toe or a foot that's stretched like above is the foot has a very hard time "Breaking over" - the foot is very slow to leave the ground as the horse is moving forward. When this happens the body of the horse keeps moving forward but the foot is somewhat stuck to the ground. This is where the deep flexor tendon starts to stretch. Since the deep flexor tendon is connected to the back side of the coffin bone ( the last bone in the foot ) now the coffin bone is also being tugged upon and coffin bone rotation starts to occur , and there's more. So not only is the foot laboring which inhibits proper motion or gait ( which means he or she isn't moving correctly ) but all that stretch on the deep flexor is now also putting undue pressures on the navicular bones in side the foot - the last thing you want is to encourage a navicular problem for the horse.
The photo is similar ( very similar ) to the horse previously talked about "Big Al" the police horse. You can see what hapened to big Al - look at the photo of his foot - the sole of his foot is full of blood. This long toe condition is one of the quickest ways to ruin a horse. To bring the point home all you need to do is some homework on race horses and how many of them get "Bowed tendons" . Race horses are shod with a longer toe because it increases speed - the long toe acts as a lever which propels the horse forward with greater speed , but the trade off is blown tendons. It shocks me to think of how many race horses are ruined this way ( due to long toe ) and how acceptable a practice/sacrafice this is in the racehorse circuits.
What i want you to realize is this , Long toe in the first place can permanently cripple your horse , if you have a horse with long toe and you're actually riding it the risk of lameness increases , then if your riding is in the hills or trail riding your risk of lameness increases further. Any hard riding with long toe is a real No No , if that's what's going on you're just asking for trouble - vet bills - grief - anxiety - worry - fear - time spent in rehab - loss of riding time - possible permanent injury to the horse - and finally maybe putting the horse down .
So give the photo a real study . Train your eyes to notice this condition - "You" can be the one to start to recognize these foot characteristics and "You" can be the one to tell your farrier when something is getting out of balance with your horses feet. I've mentioned this before " Don't just rely or trust your farrier is doing things right ," truth is all too many times they're not doing things right , and all too many times the horse owner and the horse are the ones that suffer the consequences. I want to get you to where you can prevent that - stop it before it starts. Stop it right in it's tracks.
Some of these conditions i'll be talking about with you "Creep up on you" they're not really noticable instantaneously, the changes are happening slowly until one day you look at the feet and you realize somethings not right. Hopefully at that point you've been lucky enough the horse has not come up lame and it's not too late to turn things around and make improvements and bring the horse back into balance. If you can't recognize these things for yourself , well , then hopefully you have alot of good Karma coming your way. so ~~
Next time i'll be going deeper. There's a bit more to cover. One thing will tie to the other and all of a sudden you'll start having lightbulb moments where this whole foot understanding will really come together for you. I was just having a talk about this with a client today who has had horses for years , she was talking about just how really difficult it is to get a good farrier and how so many that she has had are to put it politely "Just Terrible". If you don't know what to tell your farrier - well then you're leaving the fate of your horse up to the Farrier . Not for long i say.
Ok - check the photo out closely - and as usual happy and safe riding.
Till next time
John "The Foot Doctor" Silveira
Consequences of incorrect shoeing
Wednesday 2nd of April 2008 04:05 PM
"TheFootDoctor" here. How are you today?
What i want to do is start off by showing you the bad, the type of shoeing i see in the field. These are consequences of Farrier practices. And what unsuspecting horse owners are at risk of. Horses feet is a serious subject , i really can't over emphasize this point enough.
All horses are different , some very sensitive to changes in the feet while others seem to endure anything, but when horses come up lame it's not a joking matter. If you're one of the fortunate few that have not ever had a lame horse consider yourself very lucky. If your horse ever does come up lame ( i certainly hope not ) it will rock your world, it will stop you right in your tracks. If it doesn't , if you don't think horses feet matter then maybe you shouldn't own horses, i for one don't want to hear about a lame horse because someone didn't care enough. ( There's that tough love again ).
I want to push some buttons here , make you take a close look at yourself and what you're allowing with your horses feet - after all it is your responsibility isn't it ? Or are you the type that is just going to blame your horseshoer and act like you didn't have anything to do with it. It's your horse right ? You own it right ? isn't it your responsibility then to provide and make sure the horse gets the best ? To be honest with you the only way you can be sure your horse is getting it's feet taken care of properly is if "YOU" know the truth about shoeing "Yourself". Don't just "Hope" your farrier is doing things right - don't just rely on the farrier reputation. Knowing for yourself is the best protection. Your horses future is depending on it. Believe me you'll kick yourself if your horse comes up lame. We want to prevent that. OK ---
The photo above is of a big ole horse named Al. Al's a retired Police horse. He was being shod by a farrier on a regular basis. I had a client already at the barn and was out to shoe when i was asked to take a look at Big Al. What i saw left me nearly speechless. I simply could not imagine any horseshoer that could leave a horses feet to look like what my eyes were seeing. The Bozo The Clown feet i mention ( where the hoof sticks way out in front of the horse ) was the worst i have ever seen.
So it was decided i shoe Al. I want to tell you that as i started to trim his foot/feet that it took me literally 4 times to cut back hoof wall. I would cut a full cut with the hoof nippers, clean the sole out - take another full cut , clean the sole and this went on for four repetitions. Good lord ! Beyond comprehension to me.
So what the photo above is showing you is what happens to horses feet when that "Bozo the Clown" condition exists as severely as it had in this case. The Blood !! Do you see that blood in the bottom of the foot ? How can you miss it right ? That blood came from the extreme torque being applied to Als foot as he would walk. The extreme length of toe out in front of Al's feet stop and prevent the horses foot from breaking over so he can walk, the result is what you are seeing (Blood / ripped tissue - extreme coffin bone rotation ) and poor Al was certainly not a happy horse. Al was actually being trail ridden this way. Trail riding , going up hills particularly, puts extreme loads on the feet all of which made things worse for Al and all contributing to what you're seeing in the photo.
This can happen to your horse , any horse.
So keep coming back here , i'm going to be sending a sequence of photos one at a time of "The Bad". I want you to see what's not correct , train your eyes so to speak to what can lead to disasters and lameness. If you can recognize these things on your own horses feet as they start to develop ( before it's too late ) then you can stop the process of lameness , and that's what this blog is all about . Now please participate here in the blog - Leave your comments - ask questions - what are your current concerns about your horses feet ?
Till next time, this is John "TheFootDoctor" Silveira
happy and safe riding.
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