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Peter Laidely

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    Mount Samson Qld.
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  1. G'day all I would love to say that we have all learned this lesson but I am afraid I am currently treating more desperately foundered ponies than ever before... Seems we have still not learned that this is a domestic MANAGEMENT problem and the WE are the managers... Peter
  2. G'day Mishy Well in this case the wound may certainly have triggered the crack, however, apart from wounds, almost all hoof cracks are caused by incorrect hoof shape and cracks in this area come from allowing forward heel and forward toe. Now the forward heel is very hard to get rid of, however keeping the hoofwall level with the natural sole on both sides will help… Getting rid of the forwards toe is easy… just cut the hoofwall off, horizontally –backwards , and keep a big bevel right around the front of the hoof until the dorsal hoofwall is completely straight from top to bottom with absolutely no flare… Getting on top of the low grade laminitis will also help to reduce the flare… Finally, part of the cure must be to eliminate “The Bug” which will have invaded the crack. I hope this helps… Peter
  3. G'day Tijrocky Well I may be a bit late because everyone else has been giving you the right sort of answers. I Will just ad that shoeing frequently causes these cracks so it is not my preferred way to cure them. If Alli Macintosh ever comes up your way I agree it would be great if you can get her to look at this horse. You may be encouraged by checking my Picasa album of a horse with a very similar "steep" foot and a complete dorsal hoofwall crack... http://picasaweb.go...HoofCOMPARISONS# This one was completely grown out in six months but I am sure that was because tha owner did not have quite enough faith in me and put "Holy Water" on the hoof after each visit!!! But having it perfect in eight to twelve months is not an unrealistic expectation... BTW apart from wounds, almost all hoof cracks are caused by incorrect hoof shape and cracks in this area come from allowing (or even encouraging, the development of "toe pillars" and this is still happening after the last shoeing... And Margo is right, part of the cure must be to eliminate “The Bug” which will have invaded the crack. I hope this helps… Peter
  4. G'day Cass You have just agreed with me and confirmed what I said... By all means, get boots and use them when you need them... And do not expect a horse who lives in a domestic situation to have "properly conditioned feet".... BUT ...YES I have ridden barefoot horses on lots of rocks and gravel... Some of those that have had "domestic" hoofs were ouchy.. The really sound ones were just carefull where they put their feet. Even if you do have to keep your horses in a small block they should have rocks to stand on (crushed basalt or limestone..NOT granite especially if it is ever really wet...) If horses live with rocks and gravel, and does not have continual low grade laminitis, then even domestic horses will probably be able to walk on rocks and gravel.. If they live on grass (or mud) and eat green grass or more than 5% of the dry weight of their food as grain, or any molasses... or even one slice of bread... Then by all means make sure you always have boots because you will need them... But if a horse is not sound without boots or shoes then it is not really sound... This is no reason for a guilt trip or an argument... But I am always going to try to get folk to improve the micro environment and feeding regime rather than look for quick answers to allow us to continue doing things which are not helpful... In my opinion, which no one has to agree with if they do not want to, boots are definitly an answer, but they are an answer to a result, not an answer to the cause. Peter
  5. Oh Dear... If anyone even thinks of "Cytec Shoes" we should all run a mile... Something should be gleaned from the story of how the "inventor" recieved the origional concept (which was to copy a "Natural Ballance" aluminium shoe in cast steel" without giving credit to Gene Ovnecek for stealing his design and corupting it.... this all happened while the "Inventor" was in goal for fraud.... Other than that two years in Cytec shoes are gauranteed to give 12 o'clock hoofwall cracks right up to the coronary band... OK I may be totaly wrong but do not say I did not warn you!!!!!! Peter
  6. The short answer is about six people minimum... And no, there is no feed supliment that will make any difference in the short term, But you really should ring me (07) 3289 9988 or send an e-mail ( peter@hoofworksaustralia.com ) Organising work and clinics is not apropriate on the forum... Mind you it would be a pretty interesting "beginners clinic" where we started work on this hoof!!!! Peter
  7. OK I can see it fairly well now.... This type of problem is my bread and butter, but I would have to say I would not expect even the intepid Tracey or 'Cole to try one of these without me looking over their shoulders!!! But there is about a 90% chance of retuning this hoof to sound, if still slightly scarred condition Peter
  8. No.. Still no joy.. please go back to posting here if possible... Peter
  9. More pictures please????? But it does look like a job for someone with a bit of experience in pathology work.... Peter
  10. G’day Sarah!!! No living creature needs pieces of steel mailed to their living, or keratinised epithelial, structures. Some humans believe that they need to do this to other living creatures. This fat, bald, old, human has his own bigoted ideas and beliefs. But you have to make up your own mind about what you need to do. BUT: If your horse is not sound and healthy without horseshoes, neither will it be sound and healthy with horseshoes. The real answer is to find what it WRONG… and fix the cause. Almost certainly in your environment you horse DOES have at least low grade laminitis… Mine do not, bur many or my local clients also have this problem… Almost certainly you, or your trimmer, can overcome this by CHANGING your management and/ or micro environment. If this is too hard, then you can always try the horseshoe path… It definitely may offer short term benefits although almost certainly at the cost of long term damage to your horse. But it is your horse and you must do what you feel is best. Peter Laidely www.hoofworksaustralia.com
  11. G’day All!!! I would really like to encourage you all to support Andrew’s clinics if he is coming to your area. Although we generally are on the same page (or at least singing from the same song-book) about most basic hoof stuff, there are always differences in techniques and teaching style between each teacher and you will always be able to see different things by watching different (good) teachers. Peter Laidely www.hoofworksaustralia.com
  12. G’day Ruby!!! You probably should read this thread before you decide what to do… https://www.quantumsavvy.com/board/index.php?showtopic=6612 But I would have to say that if you have had the F. Dick knives in the past, you probably should look for something just as nice but with better steel. I would strongly recommend the “Double S” brand. You can get from O’Dwyers in Kilmore Vic. or from Stockman’s Supplies in Hendra Qld. They can both help you with the “Paul Mitchel” sharpener although it is probably called something else now… Costs a mint bit IMHO is the only one worth using on a good knife. Of course you could buy cheaper products but then oats that have already been eaten by a horse are very cheap but not worth as much as the real thing.. Peter Laidely www.hoofworksaustralia.com
  13. G’day Helen!!! Yes some pictures would help. Also a lot of the other folk here will both be interested to share your project and give their “two bob’s worth” of good advice as well. Normally we charge about $150.00 per person / per day for clinics… Plus travel costs… if you get at least six attendees I can drive to Planelands for free. And if you do get six or more (not counting yourself) you do not pay! (However you will probably need to put in at least $150.00 worth of blood, sweat and tears...) Perhaps one or two of the folk who have done this before can give you advice and tell you if it is worth the effort. It is a lot of work but we usually have a lot of fun and learning experiences. Peter Laidely www.hoofworksaustralia.com
  14. G’day Helen!!! OK we are talking two different stories, or singing from two different hymn books here… “Shorter side” and “flare” are not on the same page of my hymn book… As I said before; the “shorter side may seem “longer” if we use a ruler or measuring device… it is about “parallel to the P2/P3 axis” NOT about “how long” it is… Sigh… I would love to come and explain it to you if you can get a few folk to share the cost, Where are you exactly?? If you can get to Gatton you may be outside my home trimming area but you can’t be too far from me for a teaching day. Can you get half a dozen friends that want, or need, to learn some more real hoof care?? Invite your local trimmers and farriers.. All welcome!!! I may not be “Saint Peter” but I sure know a lot more than traditional teaching in this subject… Peter Laidely www.hoofworksaustralia.com
  15. G’day All!!! Well when I checked ‘Cole's founder pony I could not tell that there was, or ever had been, any mediolateral imbalance.. She had just fixed it! BUT: This is not always possible or, it may take a long time. However it is ALWAYS better to be working in the problem rather than ignoring it or making it get worse! Peter Laidely www.hoofworksaustralia.com
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