Jeffery Eddy, EqAT
585-781-4946
Case Studies and Client Testimonials

We are proud to provide before and after images of the Natural Hoof Trim.

Case Study: Mack
Background:

  • 12 year old Percheron gelding
  • Adopted from a pheresis facility 3 years ago
  • He had limited exercise
  • Living in a herd with approximately 50 other horses
  • Feed mainly hay and grass in the summer months
  • He had routine farrier trims
Problem:
  • Large toe crack on his left front hoof, approximately 2 inches long, almost reaching the coronet band
  • His hooves all suffered from chipping and breaking even a few weeks after each trim
  • Closer examination showed his hoof walls on both front feet were separated half way up the hoof from white line disease
  • Shoes were not an option for correcting the splits because there was nothing to nail to
First / Traditional Approach:
  • After a regular training program was started, Mack began having rotating lameness in both front feet along with chipping and splitting, which delayed his training for days
  • He was put on a hoof supplement with no results
  • 5 months of normal farrier trims had no impact
  • His personality changed, he became spooky, edgy and hard to handle
  • He refused at times to walk to us in the pasture
  • Clearly, we needed a new approach
The Natural Hoof Trim and Rehabilitation Solution:
  • We began routine hoof soaks of tea tree oil and organic apple cider vinegar and warm water to kill the bacteria and clean out the cracks and crevices (3 times a week minimum)
  • In between soaks his hooves were picked, cleaned, and sprayed with tea tree oil and vinegar
  • His heel height was lowered to 3.5 centimeters, excess growth of the sole and bar were removed
  • Diseased frog was removed
  • Diet changed to eliminate excess sugar and increase protein: from senior processed feed to crimped oats and black oil sunflowers seeds
  • Hay was increased so he could forage all day
  • Regular maintenance trims were done every two weeks to keep the overgrowth down and keep the pressure off of the hoof wall, allowing reattachment of laminae and coffin bone
  • Easy boots were fitted and used during the winter months for protection from the hard ground
  • After 6 months of a full rehabilitation program, Mack was able to resume working
Maintenance:
  • During the wet conditions his feet are sprayed with a tea tree oil and vinegar solution
  • Easy boots are used when we are riding on stony areas
Happy Ending:
It has taken 3 years for the hoof wall to reconnect and only a very small area remains of the toe crack. He is healthy and a joy to ride! And he doesn�t mind his sneakers at all!


Examples of Mack�s Feet before Natural Hoof Rehabilitation








Example of Mack's feet after
Natural Hoof Rehabilitation



Case Study: Hero
Background:
  • Kim bought Hero in June of 2008, he�weighed approximately 800 lbs
  • His feet were in fair to poor condition
  • His overall health was questionable as he was severely underweight
Initial Problem:
  • Poor condition feet
  • Shoes were recommended
  • He did not like the farrier - he was�petrified and had to be drugged each time his feet were done
Initial Natural Hoof Trim Solution:
  • Jeff Eddy explained the barefoot trim and we started with that in the spring of 2009
  • After the first trim Hero was much more comfortable with getting his feet done�and now he stands like the perfect gentleman for Jeff
Second Problem:
  • In September 2009�Hero started to be intermittently lame - great one day then off the next
  • After�4 weeks of random lameness, he was�x-rayed and diagnosed him with Navicular
  • The Veterinarian�recommended shoes with a 3 inch wedge and�a regiment of bute and isoxiprine for 30 days, then a report on progress
The Natural Hoof Trim and Rehabilitation Solution:
  • This treatment plan was discussed with Jeff and his instructor, Lisa Huhn, they both felt that raising his heel would�make the problem worse not better, and transfer the pain from the heel to the toe
  • We decided to continue with the barefoot trim with adjustments to rehabilitate the foot.
  • Hero was taken off of Bute after 30 days
Maintenance:
  • Jeff trims Hero�s feet every 4 weeks
  • Hero remains on�isoxiprine for the blood flow�and has been sound�and going better than ever


Kim, Hero, and her Trainer Kay