This was a 14hh pony that was referred to the vets due to a serious case of laminitis. The pony was crippled lame and was standing with his weight on the heels of his feet. He was on bute and a deep bed to ease the pain associated with laminitis. When being shod the pony was give a seditive to help with the shoeing process.
The dorsal hoof wall of the hoof was removed by the vet. This was to release the lever effect of the hoof wall on the sensitive laminae and to reduce the pressure on the underlying structures.
The open toed bar shoe provides support to the caudal aspect of the hoof capsule. This relieves pressure from the front of the hoof capsule and helps support the ‘laminitis stance’ associated with the condition.
I applied an open toed bar shoe to the pony. I filled the back half of the shoe with a soft gel pad to help provide the pony with caudal support. I placed a fiber-glass mesh between the hoof and shoe so the gel had something to adhere to when i was filling the shoe.
After a few days of the application the bute was lowered and the pony was walking with an easier gait and seemed to be more comfortable. I will access the pony in three weeks with the view of redoing the same process as above.
This article was written by Lee Mooney