Friday, August 31, 2007
You need a 1/16" allen wrench (I have a bunch of these, contact me), a small, flat head screw driver, and hemostats or needle nose pliers.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The people I met were so nice and all want the best for their horses - I loved meeting them and working with them. I will get to see many of my new Hawaiian friends next week at the Savvy Conference. There is no better way to see a new place than to have locals drive you around, tour direct, and tell you where to stay and where to eat. The ranches were out of this world gorgeous, lush green grass, coastal views, I wish I was a horse.
So how were the horses feet? Well, it wasn't about the hoof, it was about the rich green grass that they all lived in 24/7, most all horses were very plump, and many were chronically laminitic. So I spent most of my energy on educating owners - grazing muzzles, dry lot, soaked hay, add movement, get the horses off grass, paddock paradise, calories in/calories out....
It was definitely a reminder to me to make sure I "step away from the hoof" and look at the other variables that may be contributing to hoof growth.
Oh, the ocean and the beaches, they were just the most perfect ones you have ever seen. I'll post more photos later.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
What is Parelli??????
"The Parelli method allows horse lovers at all levels and disciplines to achieve: success without force, partnership without dominance, teamwork without fear, willingness without intimidation, and harmony without coercion."
"Parelli Success Series DVD Kit
Linda and Pat Parelli share their revolutionary keys to success with horses in this extraordinary new 10 DVD collection.
Each beautifully filmed DVD presents a concentrated version of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Program concepts. Both the novice rider and advanced equestrian will discover new and surprising insights into the horse-human relationship. Watch as Linda and Pat Parelli ride and work with their own amazing horses, to deliver precise techniques, strategies, and principles using equine psychology to achieve incredible results and produce braver, smarter and more athletic horses."
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Nemo is a 9 year old Haflinger that foundered. His owners saw an ad in the local paper for "Free Horse, has founder". They went to look at him, and took him home. The before photos are taken the first day his owners brought him home. Nemo was turned out in a 100 acre field of grass, and he ate way too much green grass. He could hardly walk. His new owners identified this variable, put him in a dry lot, fed him grass hay exclusively with LaminaSaver, and I trimmed his feet every 4 weeks for about a year now. They look fantasic! He is sound, and running so beautifully! This goes to show that with a proper diet and good hoof trimming, there is hope for laminitic and foundered horses!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I have had Luigi since he was 6 months old, and he was very unconfident with people at that time... timid, very shaggy, kinda scrawny looking. Now he is 3 years old, and I had an urge to put a saddle (my comfy Barefoot treeless) on him for the first time tonight. He saddled up like he had done it a million times, only he hasn't ever, but he watches Feather and Annie get saddled, and I think he has learned from them. Took him down to the round pen to play the Parelli games (that is why I am so not dressed for riding!!!), really so specific agenda, and I ended up riding him tonight. Logan shot some great photos so you can see the progression. He is so light, responsive, loves to learn, wants to be a partner and has positive reflexes. I'll keep you updated on his progress!
The riding progression: http://www.rosetrace.com/Luigi/Luigi.html Click Here
So the bottom line is the boots complement a natural hoof care program, they are not a stand alone product that I sell.
"This video is designed to teach equine professionals and horse owners new ways to recognize and treat hoof pathology. It focuses on the ability to identify and recognize a truly healthy equine foot and demonstrates steps taken to drive a pathological hoof towards a healthier state. The combination of contemporary veterinary research with practical, real-world field work presented will enable viewers to arrive at sound, valuable protocols that can be used immediately to benefit the horse."
"Laminitis induced by high insulin levels! New paper from University of Queensland will finally make the entire world place primary focus on diet and exercise for preventing and treating laminitis.
Finally, this is what we've been waiting for! Katie Asplin, et al., at University of Queensland have released the "study of the century (in my opinion)". They've proven that laminitis can be induced by prolonged high insulin levels! This will be a critical turning point in laminitis research, and should immediately cause the veterinary world to place primary focus on diet and exercise for both prevention and treatment of laminitis. Read the paper."
This is amazing - diet and exercise - just like in humans, does indeed have an impact on preventing laminitis, like diabetes!!
Read more about laminitis on Pete's site: www.hoofrehab.com
Friday, August 3, 2007
1. Make sure your bottom Velcro strap is pulled tight and EVENLY from both sides.
2. If you are having twisting, I can custom fit the boots with Equithane on the inside that will make a perfect fit for your horse.
Here are some photos of our horses that I want to share. My horse is Feather, a 6 year old dunn mustang. My husband's horse is Annie, a 15 year old grey Spanish Arabian. This is Logan's first year doing endurance, and he has completed 4 LDs this year, using the Renegade hoof boots on his horse. Feather is new to endurance, well, domestication for that matter, and she has completed 3 LDs this year. At the Oakland Hills ride, Feather got the Horse of Excellence award. She uses Easycare products on her feet during our rides.
My horse Feather uses Easycare's Bare boots. The underside looks more natural with a hoof wall and a frog. I have found these boots to be a bit slick in wet conditions. My handy friend Stuart Porter again came up with a work around - cut some traction lines into the bottom with a grinder. It works great! I love the increased tread without having too much.
My friend Stuart Porter is an incredible inventor and is always looking to improve the design of hoof boots... he also has a horse that gets sore heel bulbs in just about all the current hoof boots on the market. The regular Easyboots work great, but they don't stay on well unless you use foam which is a mess to deal with. So Stuart designed a modified strap that goes behind the pastern while keeping the heel bulbs free. Also, we custom fit the boots with the Easyfoam that permanently sticks to the inside of the boot. We produced a set of boots for my horse, Feather, this week and I have been testing them out. One fell off on my first ride, but I found it and I am going to try it a bit tighter next time. Here are some photos.
For example, this weekend we are going camping up to Robinson Flat and we are going to ride to Cougar Rock one day, and then the Swinging bridge the next. We'll let you know how our boots hold up!
2:Supracor – Short Endurance pad, used 3 times. Excellent Condition. $200.
3:Skito Equalizer Pad – Black. Made for an SR Enduro, will fit Western Endurance type saddles. 100% wool bottom. Dry-back top. Half inch inserts. Good condition, used moderately. $100.
4: Skito Equalizer Pad – Green. Made for an SR Enduro, will fit Western Endurance type saddles. Pure wool bottom. Dry-back top. Half inch inserts. Good condition, used moderately. $100.
5. Limpet Anti-Slip Saddle Pad – Western – Chestnut Color – Open Cell foam. Great condition. $75.
6. HAF pad, for a Freeform, black, used lightly, with PK 70 inserts $140.
Let me know if you are interested in any of these Pads!