Posted in  Uncategorized  on  14 April, 2013 by  Debs Crosoer

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Allow me to introduce myself, I’m Debs.  I’m an Equine Podiatrist and Health Care Practitioner from the South of England.  That’s just details really, to find out who I really am and what I stand for you’ll have to read more of the blog.  It’s going to take some time to get to know the important bits.

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About the author

Debs is a practicing Equine Podiatrist with over 15 years experience, author, and educator.

She’s here to show you how to simplify your horse’s management painlessly so you feel in control and have a straightforward system that works for you.

When she’s not working you can find her playing with her own horses, watching geeky sci-fi or baking epic cakes.

  • Thank you Debs, firstly for taking the iniative to start this web-site, and secondly for including me.

    I have one home bred Oldenburg gelding, now 8 years old. he has had the benefit of podiatry care for most of his life but on moving house almost 4 years ago, from the south of England to rural Lincolnshire, I couldn’t afford the expense of ‘importing’ a Podiatrist (non in reasonable distance and cost £45 in travel cost alone) and during a two year period I had a sympathetic local farrier to simply rebalance his feet each 6 weeks. Evenso, because the hooves were so strong and healthy this worked quite well.

    Then a year ago I was going to sell my horse and sent him away to a super dressage trainer to find the right ‘new mum’ for him. I was persueded to have front shoes put on… improve his movement(!) As it happens, I chickened out of selling him and he came home 2 months later.

    I kept the shoes on as he seemed fine and the same farrier that had trimmed him, shod him. within 3 months he appeared lame, only on the left rein, when I was lunging him. I’m experienced enough to be able to investigate this sort of problem up to a certain point. There was no obvious injury, I had his back checked, and actually the problem was very slight….. but I knew it was there! It seemed to me that it was imbalance rather than pain.

    I had veterinary advice and his conclusion was the same as mine, the off fore/near hind diagonal in trot…walk was fine. I had xrays taken and they were clear. Diagnossis inconclusive…… a course of Bute was offered!!

    Then I had a stroke of luck. I read an article in the Horse and Hound by the wonderful Farrier Hadyn Price. It explained the concept of shoeing horses with assymetric front feet. The answer was clear, I had noticed from an early age that my young horse was slightly more upright on his off fore foot. My Podiatrists had balanced the feet with this in mind, so the feet had gradually become more symetrical, therefore no problems; but not enough to be able to accept the complete alteration of balance when large amounts of hoof were removed to accommodate front shoes. Over several months this had thrown the horses natural way of placing his front feet and caused an unlevel way of going.

    Shoes off, and within 2 weeks the problem was lessening dramatically. Then the second bit of luck happened. The livery yard has holiday accommodation and a lady from south Lincolnshire came to stay for a weekend. She is an Equine Podiatrist! I told her my story and she said she could come up and trim my horse for me.

    That was last summer and Chris has been trimming my horse ever since. She has addressed a number of issues with flair and heel length, and now I even have visiting farriers congratulating me on my horse fine feet.

    So, I am one of the converted and I only wish more people would be patient enough to try there horse barefoot…..before a problem rears it’s ugly head, that’s the secret!!

    • Hey Susie,

      I’m glad you’ve joined me. Sounds like your horse has been an interesting case. Sometimes things just don’t work the way text books say they should do they!


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