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  1. Great information. Thank you. This explains why Buddy's front feet resemble those pictures. He had a t-post impaled in his lt chest and foreleg area as a yearling. The breeder gave him away expecting him to die from the injury. I have the natural farrier, but we are missing your special touch. 🙂

    • Hi Boni! Everything is connected, and it’s very difficult to make positive changes without addressing all aspects of the underlying issue. Many people are under the impression that hoof growth patterns are directly related to the horse’s feet and trim rather than anything else that might be going on in its body. Adding bodywork to your routine can greatly improve your chances of improving the condition and making Buddy more comfortable.

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  4. Hello Lisa

    could you describe how you would manage a 2 year old that this year has developed an uneven back hoof, bearing more weight and walking on the outside of her back right hoof? She is barefoot and trimmed regularly, she has been noticely uneven on this 1 hoof for only 4 months so she has been trimmed more often since May. Now my farrier has recommended a support shoe to help place her weight evenly?

    would stretches help?

    thank you



    • Hi Rachael,

      I had an equine massage client that had the exact same thing, inside hoof wall was consistently longer than the outside wall (consistent with weight bearing to the outside of the hoof).  He had a tendancy to track inside on that leg and had a strong pelvic imbalance that if he did not have regular bodywork to help keep him supple would cause the uneven hoof growth pattern.  It was also important that the hoof professional kept him even or it remained cyclic.  If the hoof wasn’t rebalanced, the bodywork didn’t help and vice-versa.  I recommend that you have a bodyworker check your horse for imbalances, in particular check the soft tissue of the inner leg/thigh for hypertension.  Your filly may have done something in the pasture without you noticing it.  My horses do that ALL time time!  Something apparently minor can take a while to express itself in the hoof growth pattern, but it usually ends up being the result of soft tissue contraction.  As long as your vet has cleared her with no acute issues, you can add lateral ground exercises, like step outs and massage of the inner leg followed by abduction stretches (to the outside) to help the hypertension on the inner leg which may be contributing to this wear pattern.  A reputable bodyworker can help show you how to do this. 

      I hope this information is helpful. 



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