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 ?
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.
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