I recently have had the opportunity to use your shoe and the results were
18-year-old QH mare
chronic founder (approx. 5 years)
12 degrees, rotation
1/3 distal P3 completely deteriorated.
"donated" to me nearly 1 year ago
For nearly one year I have applied a typical heart bar shoe. As a farrier with 7
years experience I had expected more than slight improvement but she still
carried the majority of her weight with her back end and was obviously in pain.
Needless to say I've done a lot of head scratching.
I applied your shoe 4 weeks ago; immediate improvements were dramatic. She was
able to stand and walk with balance that I know she hasn't enjoyed for years.
I've made so far 3 minor adjustments (which I still find incredible!) all of
which have proven positive.
You've not only made my job so much easier, but you've made my horse feel more
comfortable, and it has been a long-awaited comfort that I quite frankly never
thought she would see. Thank You Very Much!!
The vet is coming out next week to shoot some radiographs; I'll keep you
informed of her progress. And progress, I'm persuaded it shall be.
I'm very grateful that I've had the opportunity to learn from you.
Note: This experienced farrier had contacted me for advice about the use and
construction of the adjustable heart bar shoe. We corresponded back and forth
until I could determine that he had the expertise to use this shoe effectively
and safely because like the regular heart bar shoe this one can have very
detrimental effects if applied incorrectly. I then sent him detailed
instructions, advice and pictures explaining how to construct, apply and
maintain adjustable heart bars.
His letter above speaks for itself. The same information package is available to
other qualified farriers for a small fee. Please e-mail for details and cost.
The American Village Blacksmith