Thursday, 7 December 2017

Performance Hoof Workshops for 2018

I know its a while till the New Year but it will be upon us pretty soon and now that "Performance Hoof" is finally out there I was wondering if there would be any interest in me running some hoof workshops in the New Year?

I have a lot of people emailing me wanting advice on specific horses and in all honesty its not possible to give sensible advice from a photo or even a video but a workshop with real horses and real owners would be a totally different matter.

The idea would be to look at both the environment as a whole and at the individual horses and try to come up with some tailor-made ways of improving hoof health and performance.

We could film horses moving, as I do here, and assess how they are landing and loading their feet and what could be improved or strengthened. Looking at nutrition is always a vial part of any hoof health programme so that would be another important area to look at, along with what sorts of ridden and in-hand exercise might be most beneficial for the horse.

I'd be happy to travel and run workshops (probably for a whole day) at people's own yards as long as there were enough people interested and enough horses to give us some variety. 

If you are interested in setting up a workshop for 2018 then do email me nic@rockleyfarm.co.uk with  details of where you are and numbers of horses/owners and lets see what we can do!


Monday, 4 December 2017

Three quarters of the way there...

Its been a good weekend for three of the four horses we have here for rehab at the moment, as three of them are now landing heel first.  

They all arrived landing toe first, at least on their lamest legs, so this is a good achievement and importantly means that they are now able to graduate to working on tougher surfaces.

This is a big help as more mileage and harder surfaces means more stimulation for the feet which means more healing and faster growth, all of which are important if horses are to go home after 12 weeks back in proper work.

However one of the four is still landing toe first. She had particularly weak feet and under-developed palmar hooves so we are all hoping that a bit of extra time will help her get the landing she needs.

Clips of the changes in landing are here: https://vimeo.com/245723921 and https://vimeo.com/245722846


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Dolly's 4 week update



These are Dolly's 4 week comparison photos and frustratingly she has not really made as much progress as I would have hoped. There are some improvements to her frog but it has not been sufficient to enable her to land better and she is still toe first on a hard surface. 
You can see from this angle that there are signs of her digital cushion and palmar hoof developing but the problem is that without a heel first landing she cannot work on surfaces like roads safely and this will slow her progress quite significantly. 
Slightly less under-run heels but this is again not enough to make a good landing comfortable for her.  
She certainly arrived with an incredibly poorly developed heels and frogs and they are stronger than they were but she is very far from having a healthy hoof.