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These are pictures of the farrier work I did along with Dr. Ted Kellerman of Homestead Veterinary Hospital. These hooves belong to my wife's retired Thoroughbred Eddy (People Don't Change). He seems to be suffering from chronic laminitis and he has no hoof wall to nail to. We decided to use an equicast clog and used casting material and screws to hold the clog on. He grew a tremendous amount of hoof in 6 weeks and then I put him in a JB 3 degree wedge aluminum shoe with a leather pad and I filled the whole hoof with CS equipak by Vettec. I was only able to get 2 nails in each side so I used equicast to help hold the shoe on. He is moving better than he ever has since we had him.


Meet Eurotrippin. She is the pride and joy of Double D Acres. She is a two year old by Capn Capote and Hershey Comes. She is a great grandaughter of Miesque.


Newest Pictures From Double D Acres

Wayne with Blue's Navajo Rain




Bella and Kate


Vettec Clinic, Grovespring, MO, March 19-21 2007





Frequently Asked Questions

Q: To Shoe or Not To Shoe? That Is the Question!

A: I get asked my opinion on this quite regularly.  Barefooters have horse owners thinking that if the person is a farrier then they won't have their horses best interests in mind and they are certainly not qualified to trim their horses hooves.  Yet, even though I put shoes on horses, I will be the first to say that not all horses need shoes. I have several horses that never got shod and they manage quite well. One particular client has 8 horses in their barn that are used for riding lessons and they never get shoes and actually perform quite well.

So if you ask me if your horse needs shoes, my answer would be "It all depends." What do you use the horse for, what's its environment like, how's the conformation of the horse, where do you ride and what is the terrain like, etc.  Another big factor in the equation I feel is genetics.  In the future I am sure this debate will become more heated, but now you know how I feel about the subject.

Q: How often should my horse be trimmed or shod?

A: Another loaded question that usually gets different answers from different farriers. Personally my own horses get trimmed or shod every 6 weeks. Yes I know, I don't have to pay someone to do them. Each horse has a different amount of hoof growth. In the warmer months the hoof grows much quicker since protein isn't being used for coat growth. During the warmer months if your horse is going barefoot it is best one doesn't go over 6 weeks between trimming to prevent chipping and breakage of hoof wall, especially during the fly season. I also prefer to shoe horses every six weeks so the horses toes and heels don't become too over grown and to keep the hoof in better balance. This doesn't mean that all the horses I care for are kept on this schedule. I have some horses on 4 week schedules and some done only maybe 3 times a year. It's a decision that I leave to the client since it is their money. So in closing I would like to say, in your horse's best interest, your horse should be trimmed or shod at least every 6 weeks. Will you get different answers from other farriers? Bet on it! Please remember that this is just my opinion.

Q: Does my horse suffer from laminitis or founder?

A: Spring has sprung and so have the cases of laminitis. We seem to use the term laminitis and founder incorrectly and cause a lot of confusion in the equine world. I hope to clear up some of the confusion.
Laminitis is an inflammation of the laminae that can be graded by degree of severity.
Founder on the other hand happens when sensitive and insensitive laminae separate causing the coffin bone to tear away from the laminae and rotate downward. The entire bony column can actually sink within the whole hoof capsule. Founder actually means sinking. Founder can be acute or chronic. It is possible to for laminitis to occur without founder but founder begins with laminitis. So remember that laminitis and founder are not the same thing.


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