Laminitis and Navicular Syndrome
The Barefoot Domestic Horse
In the past several decades, there has been a major paradigm shift internationally in both perception and perspective of training and relationship development with domesticated equines. This includes both hobby and working horses, as in racing, show-jumping, dressage.
In conjunct with this change, there has been a parallel increase in the number of people showing interest in the field covered by the term Natural Horsemanship, which includes a change in hoof care methods and thus the growth in numbers of people taking their horses barefoot.
There is lots of information on the subject available online and many books have been written on the topic. However, in my experience, it seems people are still confused about how to arrive at a sound, barefooted horse. I hope the article will answer some of your questions. Click the READ MORE button below.
Laminitis in Horses and Ponies
Laminitis is a word that strikes fear in horse
owners the world over, but few of those horse owners actually know what is going on in a laminitic hoof.
There are many tips on what to do when dealing with laminitis; some are sensible old wive’s tales and some are downright harmful, but there is little practical advice available for people in need.
To manage/treat/prevent laminitis one must understand what is going on inside the hoof.
I will endeavour to explain this in simple
terms so you can understand what your horse is feeling.
About Equine Podiatry Ireland
You may have seen articles and material I have contributed to websites, publications and forums over the years under the name 'Hoofsculpture', most of which is also available here.
Equine Podiatry Ireland is the new identity of my combined and growing team of equine carers and the most accomplished trimmers in Ireland.
I first learned to trim horses feet to achieve barefoot soundness in the 80's and as my studies and work continued, I am grateful to have worked with most of the world's experts in this field.
Alongside international colleagues, I have refined specialised remedial trimming methods to treat laminitis and many complications around navicular syndrome. Twenty five years later, I feel a responsibility to set a benchmark of competence, required skill and excellence in this work, which I began in 1987. This is what we hope to do in the future with Equine Podiatry Ireland.
We have treated countless horses who would not be alive today if we had not enabled them to heal from within, as nature has empowered the horse to do.
My wife, son and I have been rehabilitating laminitic and navicular disorder case horses from our home in the Mourne Mountains Co. Down for many years.
I travel all over Ireland, and overseas, treating and trimming horses at all levels of need, from Olympic show-jumpers to beloved family pets and all with equal focus.
We consider every trim a remedial trim, as we find even the healthiest feet are subject to some stresses trying to deform the natural hoof. The hoof needs constant monitoring and correction until balance and soundness is achieved. We get there by first dealing with problems inside the hoof, then modelling and balancing the outside.
you are interested in transitioning your healthy horse to becoming barefoot - WE CAN HELP. We will do your initial trim, then suggest a maintenance schedule and any other aids you need to get your horse to sound, healthy, barefoot hooves.
you are interested in learning to trim and maintain your horses yourself - WE CAN HELP. We hold Novice Trimming workshops all over the country, and can arrange more advanced tuition for you as the need arises.
you are interested in becoming an EPI Endorsed Trimmer at Maintenance OR Remedial level - WE CAN HELP. We are accepting apprenticeship applications at both levels, please email us for more information.
Equine Podiatry Ireland
My name is Dermot McCourt
...and I am proud to say I brought what is now known as the "natural" or "barefoot" trim to Ireland.
your horse is in trouble with laminitis or some other hoof related disorder - WE CAN HELP. We will assess the level of need and treat the horse accordingly, in conjunction with your veterinarian if necessary, and help your horse become healthy again, whether you are taking him or her barefoot, or not. You cannot safely shoe an unhealthy hoof.
TO CONTACT US :
you can email us here [contact Dermot] OR if your need is urgent, please call Dermot directly on the number below, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Mobile: (44) 7736 877358