According to his owner:
"I was told that BC sprained his left front suspensory ligament on the track and was rehabbed. He returned to the track and sprained the same ligament again.
This time he was pin-fired and rehabbed. When returned to the track after the second sprain, he did not do well. No-one noticed that he had an enlarged right sesamoid, on the right rear, which was probably the cause, as he would try to keep weight off the right rear when running. "
"When I got him from the United Pegasus Rescue in Southern California, he had an obvious clubbed left front foot, but they said he was sound. He had been adopted and returned three times. He was in shoes, with the left front on a pad with the shoe.
He was very reluctant to allow his feet to be lifted or cleaned and I had to work with his feet just tilted up so that I could clean them. He also had a limp at any speed faster than a walk.
"I tried many different farrier's over the next year with no success. BC continued to get harder to handle with each shoeing. Then I would have to call the vet to tranquilize him for the farrier. The situation just escalated."
"Not knowing what to do, I spoke to the folks at United Pegasus Rescue and barefoot trimming was suggested. That was a few years ago and it was very new. Since then I have worked with a regular shoer, Lynn Seeley, Phil Morare and now Linda Cowles. Once Lynn pulled his shoes, BC was calm and quiet when being worked on."
" Linda Cowles can testify to how quiet he was with her, even the first trim. His left front is no longer club shaped and the right rear sesamoid is no longer enlarged and tender. This proves what improvements proper balance can make. "
"Something funny: BC is wary about people he doesn't know and, like many TBs, will back off if you are assertive with him. "
"A well known farrier offered to help by catching BC one time and ended up chasing him around his paddock for 45 minutes.
Lynn Seeley watched all this and then went into the paddock, stood still for a minute, and walked right up to BC and trimmed his feet without even a halter on. A horse knows when you are helping him and doing things that make him feel good. "
The SETUP TRIM
his feet looked extremely short, but BC is always sound after a
trim. Prior to the trim, his feet *were* short! And he's a big guy - that makes his feet look even shorter! But I watched him walk on these broken walled feet and he looked fine.