Hoof crack healing

Posted: October 21st, 2009, by melanie merrow

This is a Belgen cross rescued mare I have been trimming for the past year.  The crack has now grown out completely and  “”she has the strong hooves of a Pegasus” as quoted by the barn saying.   The mare was saved from the meat buyer by Heaven Can Wait Equine rescue and then adopted […]

Barefoot Jumper

Posted: September 7th, 2009, by joastler

This mare was 5 weeks into her shoeing cycle when the photo was taken as the owner kept a 5-6 cycle with the same farrier for he past three years. The mare suddenly came up lame due to the tremendous forces created over a long period of time inside the hoof capsule. Small amounts of […]

Shoe removal

Posted: April 28th, 2008, by melanie merrow

This is my initial trim and shoe removal on a 10 year old quarter horse mare. The mare is outside 90% of the time in a nice large pasture with a small herd of other mares. She is fed a diet of quality grass hay and 1 pound of high fat/high fiber processed feed. She […]

Follow-up Hoof Evaluation – Duffy (January 20, 2008)

Posted: March 15th, 2008, by melanie merrow

Already you can see his heels widen and the frog opening up. His hooves are in snow 24/7 right now so they are getting a lot of moisture which is helping the process of transition. You can see where his frog has been getting good ground contact and has started to flatten out. He does […]

Initial navicular hoof trim

Posted: March 9th, 2008, by melanie merrow

This is an initial trim I did on an older navicular mare. This mare is outside 24/7 with a herd on good land and is on a hay only diet with no sugars or starches. She has a good sole thickness of 3/8″collateral groove in the back and a little over 1/4″ in the front. […]

Initial setup trims for overgrown hooves

Posted: March 5th, 2008, by melanie merrow

This is a 5 year old TB gelding who has been off the track for over a year and out of shoes since January 2008. He is on a low sugar diet and gets daily turn out but is inside during the nights. With a long toe and under run heels the horse has a […]

Initial Hoof Assessment – Duffy

Posted: December 22nd, 2007, by melanie merrow

This photo was taken on November 5th, 2007 – Duffy’s second day at our new farm. He arrived with a winter blanket and full pillow warps, sweaty and very excited. During the ten hour trailer ride he rubbed a chunk of his tail off and had rubs in his shoulders. I noticed that he didn’t […]