Seasonal Feet - Northern California
Gabby, November 19, 2013
In this part of California,just north of San Francisco, we often go 5 or 6 months with little to no rain, so our hooves accumulate a dense,hard sole and frog throughout the summer,and shed it as soon as the heavy rains start in October and November.
The feet below belong to my 22 year old Arab, Gavilan,and at this time of the year, He's a week into the trim,and we just finished 15 miles of rocky trail, I ride most trails barefoot at this time of the year for casual rides, but put boots on if I'm moving out at a trot or canter because Gab moves better over rocks with the boots.
It's just started raining, so this weekend will add pictures of the changes in his feet. The page forGabbys seasonalchanges willbe here: Gabby_seasoal_2013
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Gilroy / San Martin - Starting December 4th, 2013- 6 week cycle
Los Gatos / Santa Cruz / Watsonville - Starting November 21, 6 week cycle
Contra Costa County / Briones - Starting Wednesday,November 6th - 6 week cycle
Portola Valley / Woodside - Starting Friday,November 8th - 6 week cycle
Winters / Sacramento - Starting December 16 on a 5 week cycle
Marin / San Geronimo Road Area - December 5th on a 6 week cycle
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Is Your Horse Tender-footed In The Fall & Spring?
Several of my clients horses become tender in the fall & spring, while several others become sore and exhibit signs of laminitis when their diet hasn't changed. If this is the case with your horse, this may be due to the seasonal rise in ACTH hormones, and this tenderness may be an early symptom of Equine Cushing's. and if you suspect this, contact your vet for a checkup.
Many people think that a heavy hair coat is the first sign of Cushing's, but other symptoms like tenderness often precede it. Early detection is a factor in successfully controlling the development and symptoms. If your horse is 13 or older (even younger horses can have Cushing's), I recommend becoming familiar with the symptoms and a talk with your vet if you have suspicions. For great information, go to http://www.ecirhorse.com/
“Our horses don't have an eating disorder,
we humans have a feeding disorder..”
Is the stress in YOUR life resulting in your over feeding your horse? Does your desire to see your horse running loose in a green field mean more than having that horse be healthy? To learn about what your horses nutritional requirements, go to www.DrKellon.com and sign up for the NRC course.
Differentiating Webinars VS. Web Seminars
i was hosting webinars in 1999 when I worked in high tech. 7ebinar technology was new and unpredictable. It's matured and is becoming popular with the horse-owning public. Today's "webinars" are presentations aimed at educating hundreds of attendees on a very general topic. Questions are fielded, but most are general, as are the responses Most web broadcasting is done as a form of advertizing and is free web-based presentation... the content is good, what we typically get from a good magazine article. But there is limited interaction,
A Web Seminar, Web Clinic or Web Workshop has a smaller group of Participants, from 6 to 20 max, so that everyone gets individual consideration. There can be many Auditors who attend for a significantly lower fee, but they are observers.
My Objective: Limited Participation = Personal Interaction & A High Value Experience!
Collaborative learning is a situation in which two or more people learn or attempt to learn something together.
When online web seminars are tailored to a smaller group of participants, those participants are able to interact with high calibre presenters without the expense of travel and event fees, and can do it from the comfort of home.
I envision a web seminar experience where participants can share their case studies and ask detailed questions. Optimally they will provide questions and examples ahead of time so that the presentation can be tailored to the groups needs. For this to be efficient, participant group size should be no more than 15 to 20 people.
Want To Learn More About Web Seminars? Check out the Healthy Hoof Webinars Page
Tis the Season For Thrush!
Below are a few pages of pictures of healthy winter frogs from wet living conditions, like the frog on the right.
Many people believe that thrush starts with wet conditions, and while moisture amplifies the symptoms of a thrush infection, frogs can be very healthy in a super wet living environment.
If your horses frogs are shredded, greasy looking, full of holes and foul smelling, this is a hard time of the year to fix them. BUT it can be done!
BEST FROG PROTECTION?
Number one is trimming the infected frog back to remove all lose flaps and open up cavities.
Next? Look at diet.
The frog above is the product of a low carb diet and balanced minerals, specifically adding zinc and copper to balance out the iron that is abundant in this horses diet.
Next? If a frog has thrush, I recommend a simple cleaning with a stiff brush and Dawn dish washing detergent to remove the film that protects the bacterial components of thrush.
I have a lot of treatments that have worked over the years... what works depends on the horse and what works for the care provider. See my Thrush pages in the Articles list to the left for a lot of older information.
Want to try something new? Here are two new treatments that have been working on chronically thrushy frogs:
Great Thrush Preventatives - Fix The Diet!
Try Custom Mineral Balancing -- or California Trace
When I saw clients struggling to clear up stubborn thrush, soaking frogs for days on end, I knew there had to be another answer.
Pete Ramey suggested mineral supplementation after taking a Dr. Kellon nutrition class http://www.drkellon.com/ offered classes to help people learn more about equine nutrition and mineral balancing.
A good friend of mine took the same classes, then started testing the hay she fed at her boarding operation and offering custom balanced minerals as an option. Thrush began resolving itself in those horses.
I talked as many clients as I could into balancing minerals to their horses diets, but when clients board at stables or purchase hay in small quantities, custom minerals become too expensive.
That's when my friend and fellow PHCP trimmer Sally Hugg announced her new product, California Trace. Sally began using standard hay tests to come up with a generic supplement for her clients who purchased hay in small quantities or boarded. As word got around about it, more people asked to purchase it, and California Trace was born. See http://www.californiatrace.com/about.html for more information. Essentially, CA Trace is minerals custom blended to balance the hays grown in California, and the western US.
Pete Ramey's book & DVD's
"Donkey Hooves - Inside & Out"
Even if you don't have or trim donkeys you will learn a LOT about hooves and find out why donkeys are so mysteriously sound!
What does a donkey's digital cushion look like? Are their navicular bones really THAT big? What does their coffin bone look like?
If you are a vet, trimmer, donkey owner, a hoof geek - a mule geek, this is a wonderful new spin on equine anatomy.
I really wish I could share the titles we AHA folks proposed for this video! Priceless list of laughable names!
This video is designed to teach equine professionals and horse owners new ways to recognize and treat hoof pathology. It focuses on the ability to identify and recognize a truly healthy equine foot and demonstrates steps taken to drive a pathological hoof towards a healthier state.
GREAT NEWS! NOW - 20 hours CE credit available for veterinarians and vet tech's! The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed and approved this program as meeting the Standards adopted by the AAVSB.
This DVD set (plus an additional test after viewing) has meet the requirements for 20 hours of continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval program, including California .Contact Dianna at firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
American Hoof Association http://americanhoofassociation.org/
In August 2006, Pete Ramey encouraged myself and a large group of "pretty good trimmers" to form a non-profit organization with the objective of creating a comprehensive group of top-notch professional trimmers who adhere to a conservative, non-invasive approach to barefoot.
If you are a hoof care professional and want to apply for membership to AHA, please go to the AHA web site above and start your application!
Why join if you are a busy professional who already has as much work as you can handle? AHA is more than a promotional list! We get together on-line to discuss problems and solutions, including discussing leading-edge topics. Our Annual Meeting (Planned for Auburn University in 2010 so that we can see Dr. Taylor's Study results up close!) provides a place where you can work beside other high caliber professionals to learn new ways of assessing and resolving trimming and horse management problems and to discuss techniques and challenges
Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners http://www.pacifichoofcare.org/
PHCP was born when members started leaving the AANHCP "Mothership", around the same time as AHA was conceived.
Where AHA is an organization for seasoned professional trimmers, PHCP was created to help both professional and novice trimmers mentor and support each other. PHCP has a Board, but no "leader". PHCP started in California, and quickly grew to be an international organization with Mentors worldwide. Many AHA members have joined PHCP and vice versa, because both groups offer a rich learning environment with different perspectives.
Anyone can join PHCP, and there is no pressure to proceed through the learning steps on any one else's schedule. There are a wide variety of clinics offered every year, am online forum for assistance and consultation, Mentorship opportunities and a great Annual Meeting.
PHCP is the best thing to happen to people wanting to get into trimming well, be it professionally or privately.