posted by Pamela Houghton from United States on July 27, 2012 9:59
First, I'd like to say how much I've enjoyed your website and videos, both due to your heart and scientific explanations.
One of my 3 horses is an OTTB, now age 20. When she threw me and did a gallop depart off my right ankle, I had a lot of time while healing from the severe fractures/dislocations to meditate on whether I should,as only a moderately skilled rider, be riding her after I recovered. I did for a short time but felt that another accident would have a big impact on both my marriage and profession, so I retired her. Actually she is a wonderful partner in the equine assisted emotional work that I do but I no longer ride her. Anyway, the accident was nearly 8 years ago and though she has 24/7 turnout in a small pasture with her herd mates, I am seeing muscle wasting and evidence of limbo-sacral strain that looks pretty old and may have been one reason she was so reactive at times under saddle. Do you have any suggestions as to what might be appropriate exercise for her? She doesn't particularly enjoy chiropractic or massage though she is stoic about putting up with necessary veterinary procedures. Thank you for any suggestions you might have.
Pamela Houghton, ND, LAc
P.S. If you email me back and it won't go through, which occasionally happens with aol, could you try my other email, which is firstname.lastname@example.org
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posted by Jean Luc Cornille from United States on January 28, 2012 17:32
One cannot be an expert on everything and I do not pretend to be an expert in shoeing or trimming. There are very good studies published on both barefoot trimming and shoeing techniques. Emotionally, the thought of not having to put shoes on is attractive but the reality is different. I have students who have bare foot horses and others who have horses wearing shoes. When the situation allows bare foot, it is great but the footing has to be perfect, both in the training ring and the turn out. I know a few situations where perfect footing allows barefoot horses to train at grand prix level. When you have to show in different and not always best conditions, the luxury is not possible. There are also many instances where the situation is not as great and the rider has to deal with rocks, or abrasive footing like sand. When I receive a horse in training which does have shoes, I do not change unless it is necessary for the restoration of correct kinematics. Same when I receive a horse that is barefoot. I follow the research with interest and see great discoveries but also utopic and unfounded theories. I am not impressed by big names. I believe in factual documentation. I also believe in listening to the horse. You have to understand that cases that are presented to us for soundness issues, are in their last stretch; everything else has already been attempted.
Often, as we explain how we restored soundness, we receive infantile comments such a fitting the saddle or removing the shoes. All that has been attempted long before the horse come s to us. The reason why we succeed is first because we focus on the source of the problem. We have understood, such as for navicular syndrome, that the sole real cure is to suppress the cause of the abnormal stress. The other reason is that we respect the findings of previous experts. We do not try again the same thing if a competent vet or trainer already did it and did not succeed. Many trainers who pretend to reeducate horses are doing the same thing than the previous trainer did. They have so much ego that they think that this time it will work because they are who they are. If it was not playing with the horse’s soundness, it would almost be funny. Are we following the evolution of barefoot trimming. Yes certainly. Are we following the evolution of conventional shoeing, yes we do. Are we ready to risk the horse’s soundness or chance of recovery because we want to devote our faith to one solution only, no; absolutely not. The next immersion is going to have one day focusing on shoeing technique and how they influence the horses’ limbs kinematics. This includes good influences and bad influences. This demands a farrier who has an extensive experience and is knowledgeable enough to answer pertinent questions and sustain intelligent discussion. We are planning to have later another day presenting the same approach with an expert on barefoot trimming.
Good question. Thank you.
posted by Lyndsey Lewis from New Zealand on January 28, 2012 5:26
All very good stuff Jean Luc! My one concern with all your work is that I don't see you studying the difference between a shod horse and a barefoot horse. Do any of your horses go barefoot? Any of your clients? I would love to hear your opinion on this. Keep up the fantastic work! >> full...
posted by Rosemary crowley from United States on January 11, 2012 15:01
This was an excellent description of what is truly happening in these 2 photos. I think most important is the fact that at this point correction is not possible since the event is already over. I have learned from the 3 Immersion clinics I have attended that this fact alone, - that the horse must be encouraged to be properly straight before any further progress can be made - is paramount to the idea of Science of Motion. WOW! This was presented so concisely. Thank you Jean Luc!!
posted by Darlene Palmos from on September 20, 2011 20:27
Thank you so much for taking the time to write the "New approach to lameness article" !
I must admit that the first time I finished reading it I felt like banging my head on the desk! Seriously! I've been riding for 30 some years & it took a number of ideas that I held as basic truisms and proved them incorrect...
Ugh! I must say I was frustrated and incredibly appreciative at the same time!
Please continue to write, I'll certainly continue reading, observing & learning.
with sincere appreciation,
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