Danny Love's Farrier's Corner /
We decided to test the theories presented by Dr. Bowker and Mr. Ovnicek. We took six horses of which we knew the history and used them in our informal trials. Each horse had a particular problem which we were well accustomed to and we hoped to see what transpired after application of four point trims or natural balance shoeing.
Two horses were typically shod. One was a half Clydesdale mare who tends to move heavy on the front end and the other is an aged appaloosa gelding who is a recovered founder horse (had rotated front coffin bones which are now back in alignment.) The horse is mildly arthritic and has a tendency to stumble.
The horses are kept in sand pastures or paddocks and the winters in this region were typically rainy with wet ground present from November through May, with the ground hardening occasionally in late spring as the rains became less frequent. Summers are totally arid until early November.
The intent of this experiment was to see if natural balance shoeing would encourage normal hoof development and we would follow the progress of these horses and see if the problem symptoms diminished over the 1998 season. They were shod on January 28, 1998. This document will be updated as time goes on and we have something to report.
In the view below, you can make out the toe extending slightly past the front of the shoe. The shoe has a natural rocker cast into it and the toe is rasped so as to continue the plane of the rockered shoe. The nail holes match up to the stock aluminum shoe which is pictured at the top of this page.
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