Techniques
Best solution

With different shoeing and gluing techniques, we try to find the best solution for each hoof.

Examination with High-Speed video

First video: 

This horse was constantly severely lame, because the left hoof was hitting the right fetlock.

Second video: 

the left foot is not injuring his right fetlock any more. After the corrective shoeing, the horse showed no more lameness.

Shoeing technique: toe clip

  • The hoof is balanced

  • The heels are not crushed

  • Shoeing with a toe clip is possible

 

 

Shoeing technique: side clips

  • the hoof is not balanced

  • crushed heels

  • corrective shoeing with side clips, in order to place the shoe centrally under the coffin joint

  • shoe follows exactly the shape of the coronary band = the side clips don’t interfere

  • balance of the hoof is restored

  • the crushed heels are corrected

  • correct rolling point

 

 

Shoeing technique: no clip

  • the shoe does not match the shape of the coronary band = the side clips interfere

  • corrective shoeing without clips

  • the hoof can develop freely

  • the balance had to be corrected too

  • the horse had problems with his front right coffin joint, he was lame

  • after 2 shoeing intervals, he was competing at 1.60m level

 

 

Shoeing technique: full rocker

  • the sole side of the full rocker shoe is straight

  • the ground side of the full rocker shoe is convex

  • the tipping point is situated in the centre of the shoe

  • the horse can choose his optimal palmar angle himself

  • this racehorse had an injury to his superficial flexor tendon

  • since shoeing with the full rocker, the healing is much better

  • he is back in training

Shoeing technique: Rocker Rail
(example: showjumper)

  • the rocker Rail offers extreme mechanical possibilities

  • this horse’s palmar angle was increased 10°

  • relief of the deep flexor tendon

  • better blood flow to the hoof

  • within 5 weeks, this horse showed an increase in sole thickness from 8mm to 18mm, and the posture was still correct

  • the horse was slightly lame before shoeing

  • A week later, the horse was jumping clear at 1.30m level

 

 

Shoeing technique: Rocker Rail
(example: Chronic laminitis)

  • less pull on the deep flexor tendon

  • therefore, relief of the main areas of pain: Laminae and soft tissue of the sole

  • shoe parallel to coffin bone = decreases growth of the heels, stimulates growth of the toe and sole

  • with the Rocker Rail, this horse has built a sole thick enough to be pain-free despite chronic laminitis

 

 

Gluing technique: with Equilox
(example: brocken hoof wall and thin sole)

  • Glue the shoe with Equilox

  • repairing the hoof wall at the same time

  • allows good mechanics of the shoeing, without having to pare/remove horn

 

 

Gluing technique: with Equilox
(example: White Line Disease)

  • by using the aluminium plates, there’s no need to remove the whole hoof wall

  • the infected area can be easily accessed and treated

  • the horse can be ridden normally

 

 

Gluing technique: with Equilox
(example: quater crack)

  • open, bleeding quater crack

  • fixation by gluing an aluminium plate

  • the horse was walked for 2 days, then was worked normally again

 

 

Gluing technique: with Equilox

(example: Keratoma)

  • hoof wall unstable after keratoma operation

  • Stabilising with curved aluminium plate and glued-on shoe

  • Optimal weight distribution by filling the sole to the ground with Equipak

 

 

Gluing technique: with Super Fast
(example: club foot in a foal)

  • the Super Fast prevents further wear of the hoof

  • a good mechanic can be rasped on the super Fast

  • light

  • flexible

 

 

Gluing technique: with Super Fast
(example: chronic laminitis, broken hoof walls)

  • the shoe is held in place with nails and superfast glue

  • big advantage: the horse can stand on the foot while the shoe is being glued on

 

 

Venogram technique
(example: normal hoof)

  • in collaboration with the veterinary clinic Stockrüti, we can do a venogram

  • injection of a contrast

  • the contrast enables to see the veins of the hoof on an X-ray

  • important tool in laminitis cases, to gage the blood flow to the hoof

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