BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
THERAPEUTIC & PURPOSE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS
These are examples of interesting applications.
Some are photos of therapeutic cases. They are not for the faint of heart!
Hind - steel bar shoe - floating heel & quarter
A quarter crack is often due to an imbalance, or extreme concussion. A bar shoe is used and the area under the crack is "floated", preventing that area of the hoof from bearing weight. This enables the crack to grow out.
Flaccid Flexor Tendons
Hind – foal
This is a fairly common problem in foals. Although the issue can resolve on its own, corrective shoeing ensures success. This process usually requires only one shoeing!
Update: This foal grew up to have a very successful career, and even competed on the para-olympic dressage team!
Coffin Bone Surgery
Steel heart bar – with sole support material
A heartbar shoe was used to provide full support after surgery. The horse's entire quarter and heal area was compromised and the frog plate allows a considerable amount of weight to be transferred to the frog.
The hoof wall has been removed (dorsal hoof wall resection) in order to relieve pressure on the vascular system caused by coffin bone rotation. The heartbar once again provides full digital support to prevent further rotation.
Two types of shoes
( 1 ) The left picture is an example of a front suspensory shoe. It is forged by hand from a piece of bar stock. The web at the toe is wider than at the heal in order to allow the heal to sink further into the footing, forcing the deep flexor tendon to "work harder", therefore protecting the suspensory ligament.
( 2 ) The shoes on the right are for the same injury in a hind leg. The same idea applies, however these shoes are made from keg shoes (prefabricated) by welding a metal plate into the toe.
Partial dorsal resection
( 1 ) You can see where this abcess has errupted 3 different times. The first is the square hole at the bottom left of the picture. The second time is the dark, horizontal stripe across the top right of the hoof. The third is the bloody mess coming out the coronary band.
( 2 ) The hoof wall has been removed from the second abcess site to the coronary band, and the tract created by the infection has been opened to allow the abcess to drain.
( 3 ) An aluminum patch has been applied and forms a bridge over the tract, allowing the abcess to drain while providing stabilization.
( 4 ) The last picture is of a heartbar applied with sole support material. The heartbar shoe restores the frog's natural weight-bearing function in order to support P-3 (the coffin bone) because the laminar attachment to the hoof wall has been severely compromised by the abcess and subsequent resection.
Lateral Support Shoe
Lateral-colateral ligament injury
This shoe was created for a lateral-colateral ligament injury. Just like the suspensory shoe, the wider web creates a snowshoe effect by disallowing the lateral branch of the hoof to sink into the footing as easily as the medial branch. Also, the wider web dissapates ground reaction force, or concussion.
Lateral Support Shoe
This example of a lateral support shoe is used in the "everyday" shoeing of a horse with a pigeon-toed conformation. Because of this type of conformation, the horse bears more weight on the lateral side of the hoof. So the ground surface was widened on the lateral heel and narrowed on the medial toe in order to make weight bearing even on the hoof. You can see the support that the wide web provides in the second photo, looking down on the hoof and ground.