Case Studies

Foundered pony updated video


Here she is on October 1, 2013, 3 and half months after her near euthanasia.  She is away from home and trimmed by someone else, but she is clearly doing great.  Sound and happy!!

Update on Foundered Pony D


I trimmed her on August 23rd (2 days ago).  She is sound, though of course her foot has to grow out.

She will be moving with her baby to another farm this week – for weaning – so I will not see her again for a couple months.  However, her hoof care provider there will be using the HGM as well.

Photos will be posted on the website later today, but here is the video. Notice the handler is actually having to hold her to a walk on a gravel driveway and onto concrete.


New Case Study – Foundered Pony D


In June I got a phone call regarding a foundered pony. The pony had foundered the previous November, hadn’t recovered, was lying down a lot, and the owner was considering euthanasia. A friend of the owner, who had attended one of my clinics, urged the owner to hold off on euthanizing the mare and to let her contact me.I agreed to trim the pony and my first visit was on June 19, 2013. I told the owner that I considered it to be a mild case – which I think shocked everyone – but in my experience, the case was not as severe as many. To my pleasant surprise, the owner’s vet was on board with the idea of a natural trim.

When I trim a foundered horse, especially at the first trim, my whole focus is on the horse, and I frequently don’t take any photos. Which I have come to regret. Luckily, the owner’s friend was there and she did take photos. The soles are blue/purple, as the pony had been in boots and Blu-Kote had been sprayed on the soles.

Day One: RF sole pre-trim 6-19-13
Day One:  Above, RF sole pre-trim 6-19-13. Not a pretty sight, but to me it’s much better than coming in and finding a foot that has been over trimmed in an effort to “fix” it. I would prefer to start with a clean slate.You can see how long the back of the foot is from hairline (barely visible in the photo) to the sole. Many would consider this to be tall heels – but in fact this is the hoof capsule having ridden up the leg. The heels themselves were not more than 1/4 inch above the sole and were not trimmed.
Day One: RF sole mid-trim 6-19-13
I can hear lots of people complaining that I didn’t trim the heels. But the horse needs a place to stand. A foundered horse will stand on its toe, rather than stand on the back of the foot, when the heels have been trimmed lower than the sole dictates.Trimming of the heels below where the sole indicates is probably the major reason why founder recovery takes more than a few months.
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New blog following an HGM Experiment!


I am so excited that someone is doing an experiment using the HGM.  Follow Sassy’s progress at

So far she has just been deshod on August 2nd.  I can’t wait to see coming photos.  I will put a live link to the blog on the sidebar as well.

Upcoming . . .


There have been many requests for a trimming video – so I am setting up a shoot.

A new case study is in the works.  A link to a video of the foundered pony is below – taken only 4 weeks after the owner was considering euthanasia.  Full case study will be coming soon.

Foundered pony at 4 weeks

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