Transformation - Sahaj This is an email consult which began November 7, 2012. This horse was in serious trouble, having been chronically laminitic for years, and foundered again last May. Her owner did lots of research, and had previously attended a Pete Ramey clinic, but the foot was not healing. Here is a quote from the owner, from her initial email to me: "The last trim, after reading your article, I refused to let my trimmer touch her sole or heel and have been rasping her toe back every few days, but her heel looks very high and she doesn't want to put weight on it and has a toe first landing. Please note that the owner confirms that a foundered horse will NOT put weight on heels that are painful. They WILL land toe first, which of course, prevents the hoof capsule from regaining normal form and positiion. As many trims are on feet in trouble, it is not a PRETTY trim. And again, the point is not to make the foot look good, it's to give ONLY the assistance that foot the ASKS for and can ACCEPT. There is no guesswork involved. This case will be continued as a case study but I want people to see what happens when we RESPECT what the FOOT says it wants. Hoove's do not follow human logic, they follow hoof logic. November 7, 2012 Pre-trim This is the right front foot. Because the heels had been trimmed previously (though not recently) - the advice most frequently given regarding founder - the horse has been walking on her toe. The result is rotation. A brief glance shows that the hairline is lowest at the very front of the foot and highest at the back. The exact opposite of how it should be, and indicating the coffin bone is pointing downward. If this position is not reversed early enough, coffin bone loss is the result. (See images in the article "Long-Term Founder with Coffin Bone Loss.) November 7, 2012 Pre-trim photo of the right front sole. The heel trimming marks remain clear to see, because the horse has not been using them much. The toe is very forward and square as well. My instructions were to exfoliate any sole possible and to back the toe. The post trim photo - taken on the day of the trim which was November 11, 2012 is below. November 11, 2012 This is the post-trim photo of the right front. As you can see, not much has been done. The sole was hard and did not exfoliate, but the toe was backed quite a bit. The heels are showing signs of wear - which shows she is now using them. They are not any lower than in the first photo, but they are cleaner. The cracks in the sole are good signs, indicative of healing occuring underneath, and I credit the owner's previous beveling of the toe for that. It is critical to back the toe to relieve the pressure on it. December 10, 2012 Pre-trim photo of the right front. This photo is clear evidence that leaving the heels alone and backing the toe allows the foot to heal and fix itself. This is the message I am trying to get people to understand. The FOOT does the work. The trim only has to do what the foot WANTS and NEEDS (according to the foot - not MAN). The change in angle is significant. It's night and day. Not because the heels were trimmed to bring them down, but because they were LEFT ALONE. Imagine how much better this poor girl feels!!!