Lost False Sole & Torn Bars
"... it looks like
the bottom of his foot came
8/2005 Emmett is a 12 year old TB
who was rescued, lame, several
years ago. Since then, he's
developed a pattern of intermittent
lameness', and his rescuer decided
"He's just one of those
horses that has to be shod."
Unfortunately, he was lame when
shod as well. Emmett is an unusually
sweet horse, a nice mover whenever
he's sound... and while he is
an athletic, spirited TB, **anyone**
can ride him. The $3k of training
shows up when he's sound enough
for dressage or light jumping.
I would love to get him sound.
This was his pattern; his rescuer
laid him up in pasture while
lame, then sent him to full
training when he was sound again.
He'd come back lame after a
brief period of work. This cycle
repeated itself several times
a year. The unsoundness always
started not long after he had
to go back to work.
I first trimmed Emmett in March
'05 at a trainers; the trainer
started riding him (dressage
and low jumps) with wall flare
that ringed his sole by over
3/4 inch... the resulting white
line separation put an end to
that training episode! I trimmed
him and he went back into lay up.
In early June '05 I was contacted
by a youth oriented charity,
Patchworks Farms, that had received
Emmett as a donation. They were
told that he absolutely needed
shoes, but were referred me
to trim their other horses.
Emmett's feet looked okay by
that time, so they opted to
trim him and see if he could
hold up to light arena work
barefoot. In early July 05 he
was still sound for easy lesson
On August 20th, the organizations
coordinator decided to take
him on an easy trail ride. He
pulled up lame at a mile out
and was led back in.
When I went to trim him,I noticed
immediately that the bar on
his Front Right hoof had torn
off. His sole was a dark brown/red
color, and it looked like he
had shed a false sole.
I wrote to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/barefoothorsecare/,
my favorite barefoot email support
group, and asked for feedback.
Several people replied that
they had had the same thing
happen, and also stated that
the recovery process had been
Emmett has been lame off and
on for several years; he's had
consistently good food, but
was in a tough pasture with
lots of rock and a mixture of
His health care has included
the basics (shots and worming)
but his Hoof care has been neglected
as his is a rescue and at the
bottom of the list when it comes
to has been managed erratically
as one of many rescues. He hadn't
had foot care for well over
a year when I first saw him.
Talking to his rescuer, I now
suspect that he's had a reoccurring
problem with solar abscesses.
He would abscess, go sound,
then shed the false sole. The
newly exposed sole would becomes
bruised before it can toughen
up, leading to further abscessing.
If only we could read their minds...
I went out to give Emmett more
support around his heel using
Super Fast epoxy and discovered
that he was on his way to soundness!
He favored his front right slightly,
so I trimmed the torn bar a
bit more and left him to continue
7 - Back to work in Epics
Emmett's feet have continued
to toughen up, and he is sound
at a very easy trot in the arena.
We fit him with Epics and initially
made the mistake of free-lunging
him - Whoopee!!!
The arena has been set up for
lessons with caveletti and poles,
and Emmett took off at a canter,
launched into a few grand bucks
and lapped the arena several
times at a canter, jumping obstacles
and looking 100% sound. He **definitely
likes his new Epics! I asked
the center coordinator to restrict
his work to very easy lessons
for the next week (no cantering
We took the pictures below
once we'd caught him and put
him on a lunge line... notice
the heel first landing...
Retrim, September 21st
Time got away from be, and before I knew it, 2 weeks had gone by. I went to check Emmett's feet and they had grown so fast it was hard to believe. He was now sound on the trail and in the arena, and was jumping caveletti with 12 year olds on his back... he looked awesome.
The foot that had shed it's sole still lacked any sole depth (read Pete Ramey's article on soles for more info http://www.hoofrehab.com/horses_sole.htm), and there was still a jagged piece of bar that was a visual nuisance, but this horse was sound for the first time in almost 4 years.
December 14, 2005
From flat soled to concave - the Natural Way!!
I sometimes get a hard time from Strasser type trimmers for leaving feet looking "unfinished" and for not being aggressive enough with the bars and sole, and Emmett is testimony to the fact that the Less Is More technique really works.
Folks, it doesn't take a year to "Transition" to barefoot, all it takes is common sense.
Emmett has been unsound for several years - he has always had "lousy TB feet", and he just got the okay to start trail riding barefoot after only 4 months of conservative trimming. After the first week, he has been sound and under saddle as a lesson horse in Epics, and now? He doesn't need the boots.
I hadn't trimmed Emmett for a few months because his owner has been taking care of his maintenance trims, so when I picked his foot up to start my trim, I was thrilled to see how awesome his feet looked!!
He now has great concavity, his bars and heels are where they are suppose to be, and he's VERY sound!
Quite a change from the feet above, don't you think?!!
solar Bruising http://www.horseshoes.com/advice/pathology/dunivant3/subsolarbruising.htm
Pedal Osteitis - A Cause of
Lameness and a Diagnosis? William
Moyer, DVM; Timothy R. O'Brien,
DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVR; and Michael
Walker, DVM, Dipl. ACVR.http://www.equipodiatry.com/moyer.htm