On arrival this horse Miel looked very lame, she does have a stifle injury, right hind leg, but 90% of her lameness was due to her hooves. At the time of arrival I didn’t know this fact, I now know this because at the walk today, 3 months later she is walking beautifully just showing a slower step with her Rh the old stifle injured leg. I could see some major problems with her hooves in the beginning, the Lh was much longer than the Rh and the Lf was much longer than the Rf, there was obvious hoof imbalance medial / laterally and anterior / posterior. Basically her hoof wall didn’t match the foot inside. Her hooves were not neglected just not trimmed with the simple HGM rules. We simulate the ground and give the hooves a chance to grow balanced according to nature.
This is the beginning of healing for these hooves but the improvement we see in these first 3 months is apparent. But the most important part is the comfort she is now showing in her movement. With HGM we do nothing to the the outer wall, we only trim from the bottom. I have never tried to FIX these hooves, I didn’t have a fixing plan.... I just followed HGM trim rules, the same trim for every hoof, every horse no matter what we see. This is the philosophy of HGM.
The sole of a hoof is where we work, simulating the the action of the ground. I have never trimmed these heels, basically I have only trim wall to sole level and brought the toe back if the sole showed a ridge to indicate it needs to come back. That’s it! We can see the beginnings of some nice changes. In the arrival pics we can see the fronts look like they are foundered, mechanical founder from trimming the heels. The frogs, heels and heel bulbs are contracted with deep cracks in the central sulcus. 3 months later we can see the heels are starting to open and rebalance themselves, frogs are improving the heel bulbs are improving, the soles have a better concavity, the hooves have better shape. The heels on the Lf look imbalanced but this is the process of the hoof rebalancing itself, this will after some more time, correct itself. I’m diligently treating the frogs for thrush..... These improvements are in only 3 months, I know in a year these hooves will be naturally balanced with great big healthy frogs, I’ve seen this happen over and over!