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Crooner - 10 year old Selle
Francais gelding. Crooner is a talented jumper from Canada,
referred to us by WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He first
came to us in April of 2004 and presented as a chronic, low
grade 4 cornered lameness, 2/5 on the R-Hind, 1/5 on L-Hind,
L-Front and R-Front.
estimation of his lameness was, simple long-term mismanagement
of the feet.
One of the most important and
simple diagnostic tools that many farriers ignore, is simply to
watch a horse walk. When Crooner was observed at a walk, he
had a toe first landing. It has been our experience that
horses need a heel first landing in order to heal and/or stay
sound. Horses that present with a toe first landing are, if
not already lame, on their way to presenting with sublte
lamenesses and usually have top line issues as well.
This may sound harsh, but good
traditional farrier science led to the debilitation of this
horse in continuing to shoe unrecognized distortion, while
carving out the anterior sole. This is a classic example of
farriers focusing on and shoeing the toe. Our focus has been
on shoeing the back of the foot. If the back of the foot can
get healthy, and if the horse can achieve a heel first landing,
most can improve.
We have had Crooner shod in
Aluminum Natural Balance shoes with wedge pads, Double Nail pad
systems, and Reverse shoes. Where he was originally unable to
achieve a heel first landing, his overall comfort level
improved in all the above systems. Real progress, however, was
made in a simple Reverse shoe. This shoe took the pull off of
the toe and got his feet functioning with a healthy heel first
landing. We are constantly amazed at the positive effect of
having the wall at the toe off the ground, and what that does
for the overall health of the foot. This is very consistent
with Gene Ovnicek’s wild horses studies.
After two shoeings in Reverse
shoes, Crooner continues to be incredibly sound and continues
to maintain a heel first landing.
Crooner’s shoeing currently
consists of St. Croix Eventers and occasionally NBS Steel
shoes. The shoe in this picture is a hand-made shoe, by Linda
Black, graduate of Mission Farrier School.
piece to this story is the retraining that has been initiated
using Natural Horsemanship techniques, in attempting to free up
his hind quarters. Crooner had no lateral flextion in his
body, and was stiff in his right hind. By employing these
horsemanship techniques, we have helped Crooner rediscover that
he can move his hind quarters and his front quarters
independently and this has also freed up his top line.
Crooner has also benefited from
regular Chiropractic/Acupuncture treatments from Dr. Mark
DePaolo, DVM, Chiropractor/Acupuncturist, of Wilsonville,
Crooner has returned to the show
17028 Trombley Rd.,
Snohomish, WA 98290
Phone: 425 890-3043