I met Rosie in June '08 when Jen, desperate for answers, came to a clinic, presented
by Kathy Beagle AANHCP CP, and me, the Hooflady . She had purchased a donkey at
the auction and was told by three farriers, and two vets, to "just put her down." She
was barely able to move and extremely thin, but Jen saw something in her eyes that
begged for help. Besides, Rosie was her birthday present! As a believer in barefoot
herself, and having a herd (8 actually!) with hoof problems, Jen decided to grab a
friend and try out the clinic. After our presentation, Jen came to me with photos and
a tear of hope in her eyes...how could I refuse? It took three people to twitch her so
she could be done as quickly as possible. After her third trim, she was moving quite
well and decided she could kick, but I didn't mind because I knew she could heal.
Thanks to Richard Drewey, John Graves, Bruce Nock, and the other former AANHCP
instructors, as well as Jaime Jackson's books and bulletin's, I received the training
that I needed to save poor Rosie... I had the
knowledge to trim. I estimated Rosie's
healing time to be approximately 11months...
which was Aug. of '09.
(healing growth cycle (Jackson)
is based upon 1 cm of hoof growth
on average each month.
Rosie had a 2.5 in toe so
Two healing cycles is then 12.7 months)
Below are the pictures of her right front hoof
over a one year period...
How did we fix what was thought to be unrepairable? With the understanding of the inner
structures and respect for the healing powers of nature. A WRY hoof has grown sideways
due to the coffin bone tilting to the high side of the hoof and moving all the inner
structures out of place. "A severely deformed (chronic) supercoriatic (laminitic) hoof
cannot be healed except in the fourth dimension. Here, the relative position of the capsule
to the supercorium and P3 can be so disorganized that the hoof is incapable of being
trimmed to a natural shape. For healing to ensure, there must be a fourth dimensional
transmutation of dermal mass (i.e. the supercorium), an epidermal modulation of B* to
H*/P* and a restoration of the hoof to horse attachment mechanism"( J.Jackson Bul 108).
Nothing is forced, only trimmed according to the natural wear patterns of the hoof. In
Rosie's case, it was all trimmed with nippers only because she absolutely hates the tickle
when I use the rasp! Dressing the hoof wall is not necessary for healing to occur- - this is
only aesthetically pleasing to us "two leggers." Now lets look at the left front hoof....
Now the "4th dimensional changes" are not related to the healing growth cycle (hgc), they
concern adaptive and healing changes in the supercorium and epidermis. The Healing Growth
Cycle, as described by Jaime Jackson, is a useful tool when estimating healing time for some
hooves. A burro has much shorter toes than a saddle horse which have an average toe length of
3.25in when trimmed naturally. So a horse with such hooves would take 8.26 months to grow a
complete hoof (3.25x2.54cm/in\1cm/mo=8.26) and typically heal diet and movement, and attention
to the stress factors taken into consideration. Although Rosie did not have the benefits of a
paddock paradise, she did get plenty of movement and excellent care from Jen. Hiding the hay is
another way of keeping your ponies "on the move." "Try placing your hay piles in unseen areas
and make a game of finding the minerals to keep them content with their days..." This advice (and
good advice it is!) came from CP STEVE LIETER in TAWAS MI when he trimmed with me and saw
Rosie for himself....an excellent trimmer by the way.
Let's recap those front hooves one more time....
Rosie is one of the lucky ones... she has taught me to be patient and show
temperance for all those less fortunate. Like most people, I want to see
immediate results, but there is no room for this kind of thought in natural horse
care. I am aware now and believe there are powers greater than we can see at
work with these cases. NHC is not faith healing, but a little faith goes along way.
Let's take a look at Rosie's hind hooves and see how time has healed them...
|Please remember that not all cases can heal like this, and
all horses will take twice as long as any donkey based
upon toe length and rate of growth. If you have or know
someone with hooves like these, please consult a certified
Natural Hoof Care Practitioner from our locator list. Jen,
Rosie and I thank you for your interest in our story...
Click this link to see more "hopeless" cases and foundered hooves...
For the horses....Nancy
Hopeless Hooves Heal Barefoot-A 'Wry' Story
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