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Hoofcinch? Anyone Heard Of This Or Used It? **update**

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Very sorry to hear. I'm not very good at this kind of thing. The situation called for this decision to be made. How lucky that you were able to make it for the horse. Humans don't have this luxury. It was the pain factor that made the vet give this euth suggestion. It was the right decision and he was right, you were right to make it. This should sit right in your heart, where he now is also and all you have to do is reach inward and stroke his nose to be with him. My thoughts are with you....

(If his death is to have any good consequence, learn from it. May it never happen again)

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Before this happened, founder, for me, was an abstract concept. I knew what it was, I knew it existed, I had even owned a couple of donkeys who had "foundered in the past," but I didn't really have a good grasp on the depth of the illness/injury. You can believe me, missyclare, when I say I have learned a great deal by this event. I'm only sorry it cost my favorite horse his life for me to learn... it was a very expensive lesson.

Thank all of you for your kind thoughts.

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Sorry, saw this post today......I know how you feel about letting your horse go because of pain and suffering. I, too, lost my favorite mare several years ago to founder. It is horrible! I did see the hoofcinch demonstrated on RFDtv last year. It was administered to a foundered horse on camera, and looked rather easy to apply. The owner of the horse was present and swore by the product. The sooner you put them on the foundering horse, the better the outcome. If it were available when my horse foundered, I'd try it in a minute.

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In retrospect, I came across a explanation of the hoof cinch from my peers that you all may find interesting.

Take-off on the Nolan hoof plate. Might be useful as a Band-Aid to help stabilize a foundered hoof and provide temporary pain relief until a realigning trim is on board but won't actually cure anything. It erroneously states that the product will force the lamina to reattach to the bone. Lamina cannot reattach - the hoof needs to regrow attached from the coronary band down to the ground. That's why it takes at least 9-12 months for a rotation to grow out.

Those before and after xrays only show what happens when you back up the extremely long toe - removing a lot of the wedge - and drop the heels slightly, something that could be done in one trim. The change has zero to do with using the Hoof Cinch. Interesting that they stress the benefits of a level, balanced trim as the xrays show anything but. Unfortunately, the site also continues to perpetuate the misinformation that heels need to be left high/raised to relieve tension on the DDFT. Blood flow is not increased when the heels are raised as this crushes the blood vessels under the leading edge of the coffin bone.

Apparently, the email recipients were contacted right off the customer list from the Nolan Hoof Plate....hmmmm.

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Correct that the lamini can't reattach simply by being forced closer to the coffin bone again, but it can help stabilize the coffin bone or wall, if you wish, until a more tight attachment can be grown down. No different then what is attempted in the concept of unload those hoof walls and applying a bevel, and just additional mechanical help further up the hoof wall then just at the bottom., to reduce that flaring and torque further up, not just on the bottom.

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There is a happy medium between lowering heels as much as possible, and raising those heels after that trim slightly with the aid of such things as padding to reduce the pull of the DDFT.

I should know. I had my barefoot specialist trim Smilie , and he took her heels way down and also her bars. Resulted in her being extremely sore for more then two months.

If you google the Soft Ride hoof boots, with their orthotic gel inserts, used by many vet clinics to treat founder, you will see that the insert elevates those heels slightly

here is apicture of how those inserts appear, used to treat laminitis/founder

http://www.softrideboots.com/Why-use-soft-ride-equine-gel-orthotic-boots.asp

some info on the inserts themselves

http://www.softrideboots.com/Which-Orthotic-to-use-in-Soft-Ride-equine-gel-orthotic-boots.asp

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