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About heronponie

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  • Birthday 08/20/1909

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  1. Circumcision Debate

    I honestly cannot believe that in 2012, in first world countries, we are having a debate over whether or not genital mutilation of a non-consenting infant is acceptable.
  2. Young Horse Behind The Bit

  3. Sending A Barefoot Horse To The Trainers

    Don't know about you, but this would be lawsuit territory for me if it was my horse.
  4. New Dressage Prospect.

    Her conformation just screams TB X Perch, I'd put money on it. It's a popular cross where I'm at (and it's equally popular for people to try and pass them off as WBs, lol) She's lovely, I think she suits you a lot better than the baby did. I like her a lot.
  5. New Hoof Boot!

  6. Crack + Abcess = Big Problem

    This looks quite typical of an abscess that burst from the heel. The horse is shedding that entire heel platform. Be prepared for the entire heel buttress to break or shed off at some point. You may need to help it along when the time comes. I won't jump in with trim advice because you've gotten lots but I will say: I have successfully taken several horses through this barefoot (meaning no boots/pads/casts/etc) and it is absolutely possible to quickly heal the area with no lameness/soreness.
  7. New Jogging Shoe For Horses

    For what it's worth.. I personally know one of the testers of this product. From what I was told, they were put through some pretty rigorous testing (riding/working, rehab, etc) over several months. They left boots on for days on end to see if they would rub. Basically they beat the heck out of them in hopes of finding a flaw. Apparently they are pretty much indestructible and they couldn't cause a rub no matter what was tried. You can get them a little cheaper than that cost btw. I have not used them myself.
  8. Getting A Dumblood To Pay Attention To His Feet

    I have one of these. Described by previous owner as "a horse with Down's Syndrome". The absolute SWEETEST horse in the world, but yes, clearly a few cards short of the full deck. I get the "walks straight through the mounting block" completely. Mine ended up IN the water trough when I didn't think to steer one step to the left.. If there can be mentally challenged* people, it stands to reason that horses can be, too. I think it's important to understand and work within the horse's limitations- don't try to change what he is. *(I don't really know the PC term for this, no hurt intended if I've used the wrong term)
  9. Strangles Protocol

    I've done it. Several horses were infected and the barn's regular farrier refused to come. Feet started falling apart, growing down over their shoes, etc. It was a mess. I went in old clothes and did not bring my chaps. I brought old/dull rasps that I was about to throw out, so I could dispose of them after my visit. I tried bleaching them anyway just to see, but it was useless. They rusted out within a couple of days. I had cheapie knives and a rusty old pair of nippers that had been around the barn. I wore cheap gloves and threw them out when I was done. I went straight home after and washed everything. My precautions were successful - I did not spread the disease anywhere. And when the vet came back to inspect the quarantined horses, he commented that the feet looked better than ever
  10. I was there this week to watch him go at the Royal. There was a photo montage, and the ring crew held a tribute for Hickstead before the competition began. Eric (along with several other riders) received an award as well, but he didn't come out to accept it. He rode a student's horse in the competition, they had a rail but a great ride. They also held the retirement ceremony for Special Ed, which was also very touching. An emotional night to be in the audience.
  11. Um Is There Something Wrong With This Picture

    Hey, you asked what I would do. That's what I would do. Educate myself through sources qualified to teach. It worked for me. Edited to add, perhaps you would prefer this link which contains some free materials.
  12. Snowball Shoeing...

    I've yet to see a healthy bare hoof that resembles silly putty. They still manage to let go of snow in perfectly shaped divots. Funny image though!
  13. Um Is There Something Wrong With This Picture

    Hi Dougal, Another poster touched on it: the overall health of this foot is abysmal. You can tell by the mud and debris caked on the outer portion of this foot that the periople or "armour" of the foot has been compromised for quite some time. The bottom of the foot tells the same story: rot in the sole, white line, and of course the frog. Dealing with a foot like this requires an educated approach that begins with the outer health of the foot and is followed by a specialized trim to promote efficient healing. There is no need for a painful transition phase. My trim style is quite different from this woman's. Suffice to say there is almost nothing done here that I would have done. There are quite a few educational resources available online at this time: Link My personal favourite is this book which covers a large base of material. I use it as a reference for my clients' questions. I do not use boots or pads in my practice. I do not use stalls or confinement. I have not found a need for any of these things.
  14. Snowball Shoeing...

    Ouch .. glad to hear you came through the surgery well! An alternative to snow pads can be found here: http://www.equinextion.com/id9.html In a healthy and well-trimmed bare hoof, the foot ejects snow in the form of divots. The natural expansion and contraction of the foot within each stride keeps it functioning and self-cleaning. Also, thanks to increased circulation of an unrestricted foot, the hoof is capable of warming the snow to further release it. I myself have not had problems with snow in feet for several years up here in Canada. My personal horse is a bit of an idiot and will run around bucking and streaking across sheet ice but never seems to falter.
  15. Um Is There Something Wrong With This Picture

    Dougal, I agree with your sentiments here. I disagree, however, that the videos presented in the original post are demonstrating knowledge. She has some right ideas, sure, but she is missing the big picture and that's why her horse is continuing to walk around lame. Sure this may be better than some of the butchers out there, but that doesn't mean it is ideal. Here is another kind of video to consider. I was there for the rehab of this horse. I watched him go from completely immobile (we literally could not make him take a single step until we removed his shoes) to cantering and playing in the pasture 7 days later. He had an old healed shoulder injury which prevented him from moving "show horse sound", but his foot soreness disappeared in less than a week. He had been lame for years prior. This is the result of application of a highly functional trimming treatment by a competent professional. This is the kind of rehabilitation I can support. I cannot support programs that involve a year or more of lameness as "transition". I cannot support just "better than a butcher" when there are so many teachers out there with a real understanding of the equine foot, and how to apply an effective trim. There are lots and lots of avenues of instruction available for interested people.