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International Association of Professional Farriers (IAPF) Forms Enhanced Educational Partnership with FormaHoof Ltd.

International Association of Professional Farriers (IAPF) Forms Enhanced Educational Partnership with FormaHoof

Herbert Spencer the English philosopher famously said “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” And this is the great aim of the enhanced Educational Partnership announced between The International Association of Professional Farriers (IAPF) and FormaHoof Ltd. 

Through this new partnership, the IAPF and FormaHoof will jointly promote a range of educational initiatives created to give veterinarians, farriers and equine hoof care specialists access to the latest developments in equine hoof care. The advanced educational training program developed by FormaHoof’s team of equine podiatry experts will also be co-marketed under the new partnership, and through the IAPF’s new ‘Partner Credentials’, IAPF members will be able to take advantage of a unique set of educational opportunities.

Lester Yoder APF-I, chairman of the IAPF’s Credentialing Committee, comments:


“FormaHoof will be the first company to participate in this new ‘IAPF Partner Credentialing’ program. Through the FormaHoof Academy and other similar programs which are currently in negotiations, farriers will be able to take advantage of programs which are presented by supportive educational partners with similar objectives to the IAPF.  These objectives include enhanced educational initiatives for the betterment of the horse, farrier, veterinarian, horse owner, and others involved in the care and custody of the horse.”

At the heart of FormaHoof’s education system is the FormaHoof Academy, which provides the theoretical knowledge and practical insights to help horses overcome a multitude of hoof related issues, with the support of FormaHoof. Created for professionals by professionals, the FormaHoof Certified Applicator course (FCA course) is based on a combination of video trainings and accompanying, downloadable documents, and with more content planned for the future, is fast becoming an invaluable resource for equine podiatry specialists world-wide. Successfully passing the online examination upon completion of the FCA course will allow a farrier to earn 24 IAPF Continuing Education Credits, and those that are already certified will be automatically granted these points.  The course is currently available in English and German, with more languages coming soon.

FormaHoof CEO Alexander Papantoniou comments:


“At FormaHoof, we understand the importance of exploration, learning and education and we are delighted to partner with the IAPF. To have such a prestigious, likeminded organisation endorse our Academy is a testament to the quality of the content and a motivator to the entire FormaHoof Team to continue our innovation in this space. One of our primary goals is to give equine podiatry professionals access to cutting edge skills development and the creation of our online Academy – a complete LMS (Learning Management System) – was in many ways a first in this industry. Through the latest in online training technology, we are committed to continuing to lead the way in online training within the equine podiatry world.”

About The IAPF


The International Association of Professional Farriers is a non-profit trade organization created in 2012 to represent the interests of professional farriers and others involved in the farrier industry.  The primary objectives of the new associations are: continuing education, member support and serving as a hoof-care reference for horse owners.  The IAPF is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Become a IAPF member here.

Experience FormaHoof Live – Events & Workshops

Experience FormaHoof Live - Events & Workshops

Find upcoming events and workshops by FormaHoof Certified Applicators here:

FormaHoof Workshop with Joel Brown

Datum: 15.10.2021

Starting: 9:00 AM
Location: Field of Dreams Equestrian Center, Indiana

Learn from FormaHoof Expert & FCA Joel Brown during this in-person workshop.

Joel will provide on-site training in collaboration with Ronda Hanning.

Fix the inside hoof whilst building the outside foot is the credo of this workshop.

Those who know Joel’s work and follow him, know he is dedicated and an

absolute pro when it comes to listening to the horse and providing

fantastic FormaHoof services.

The horse in the workshop will be presented with sheared (or shunted)

heels. As this is a rather complex case, professionals are invited to

join and learn.

Location: Field of Dreams Equestrian Center, Fort Wayne – Indiana/USA

Workshop fee: USD250 to be paid at presence. Participating professionals receive a free online FCA course after the event

Reservations and further information, call Joel Brown 307 477-1177


FormaHoof Workshop mit Aletia Reilingh

Datum: 23.10.2021

Uhrzeit: 9:00-17:00 (inkl. Mittagessen und Material)
Ort: Essriege 6, 46325 Borken (NRW)

FormaHoof Schulung/Workshop mit Hufschmied Aletia Reilingh in Borken

Schließen Sie sich Aletia Reilingh, staatl. Hufschmiedin und FormaHoof Certified Applicator, für einen Tag am um alles für die erfolgreiche Anwendung von FormaHoof zu erlernen.  

Der Workshop richtet sich an Hufschmiede, Hufpfleger und Tierärzte die bereit sind neue Wege zu gehen und die FormaHoof Technik zu erlernen, die Schulung findet sowohl an einem Übungshuf sowie am echten Pferd statt. Interessierte Pferdebesitzer sind natürlich auch herzlilch Willkommen.

Die Kosten betragen 250€ inkl. kostenlosen Zugang zum FCA Kurs in der FormaHoof Academy auf Deutsch (Wert 99€) und Mittagessen 

Um einen Platz zu reservieren, ist eine Anzahlung von 50€ erforderlich.

Es gelten die üblichen Corona-Bestimmungen.

Anmeldung direkt bei Aletia, telefonisch oder per WhatsApp +4915152476481


FormaHoof auf der Tagung des Österreichischen Hufschmiedeverbandes

Datum: 23.10.2021

Uhrzeit: 9:00-17:00 – Registration required
Ort: VetMed Uni Wien

FormaHoof at Tagung des Österreichischen Hufschmiedeverbandes

ANMELDUNG NOTWENDIG!
Die Tagung des Österreichischen Hufschmiedeverbandes findet am 23.10.2021 an der MedUni Wien statt.
Alexandra Kammerhuber stellt zusammen mit Lukas Juster FormaHoof vor.
Die Veranstaltung beinhaltet des Weiteren verschiedene andere Themen.
Weitere Information oder Last-Minute Teilnahme ist direkt bei Alexandra, Lukas oder beim Verband zu erfragen.
Kontakt:
Alex Kammerhuber
+ (43) 678 131 1299
info@equiskills.net
http://equiskills.net


FormaHoof Workshop with Joel Brown

Datum: 30.10.2021

Starting: 9:00 AM
Location: Mill Camp Cattle Company, 20 miles NE of Arthur Nebraska

Joel Brown FormaHoof Workshop Nebraska

Learn from FormaHoof Expert & FCA Joel Brown during this in-person workshop.
Joel will provide on-site training in collaboration with horse owner Charmane Macomber at her base in Nebraska.
 
Workshop content:
Addressing thin soles, dorsal imbalances & dorsal toe cracks due to imbalances.
 
Secure your space and request further information directly from Charmane via Facebook messenger at https://www.facebook.com/ridehard.ropefast.XR2 or call Joel Brown 307 477-1177


FormaHoof at the Equifest NZL

FormaHoof at the Equifest NZL

Event Date: 04.-06.02.2021

Location: Taupo

Website: https://www.equifest.co.nz/

Experience FormaHoof at Equifest, New Zealand’s Most Exciting Equine Festival. Lizzie will be on-site to answer your questions about FormaHoof and execute several live demonstrations.

 

About Hoofcare and Horsemanship & FCA Lizzie Maundrell BSc (Hons):

With a scientific background, combining modern hoofcare techniques with state of the art technology is integral to my practice. Providing comfort whilst improving performance for each horses individual needs has driven me to look beyond the hoof, and to embrace a whole horse approach utilizing gait analysis and motion tracking technology. Adding FormaHoof to my tool box allows me to address hoof issues quickly and effectively, ensuring minimal impacts on the horses welfare.

 

For more details reach out to Lizzie:

+64 (0) 221 744 698

lizzie@hoofcareandhorsemanship.co.nz


FormaHoof Demo at the Alberta CowBoy Challenge

Event Date: Sept 11, 2021

Location: Onoway Alberta

Website: YKnott North

FormaHoof and Tsunami Wynd Equine's Amanda Mahoney Live Demo at Alberta Cowboy Challenge

Experience FormaHoof at the Alberta CowBoy Challenge with FCA Amanda Mahoney. Tsunami Wynd Equine is here to help your horse and you! Providing equine first aid training and hoof care. We will come out and meet with you and your horse to evaluate hoof health, lower limb movement and biomechanics, and nutrition advice in regard to the health of the hoof. FormaHoof, Hoof Armor, Casting, Glue On Boot Shells and Direct Glue Composite Shoes as options In some cases of rehab, we will discuss various options for your horse.

Contact Amanda via:

Tsunami Wynd Equine

+1 780 233 9891

tsunamiwyndequine@gmail.com


CANCELLED Apropos Pferd

Event Date: 30.09.-03.10.2021

Location: Wiener Neustadt, Austria

 Website: https://www.arenanova.com/messe/id.95

Meet FCA Alexandra Kammerhuber & VP of the Austrian Farrier Association Lukas Juster at Austria’s biggest Equine Convention –  The Apropos Pferd and experience FormaHoof.

Alexandra and Lukas will do several FormaHoof demonstrations and Q&A rounds at the booth of the Österreichische Hufschmiedeverband.

 

Contact Alexandrea for detailed information:

EquiSkills – Mobile Pferdepraxis

+ (43) 678 131 1299

info@equiskills.net

http://equiskills.net

Join our Facebook group

The FormaHoof – Ask an Expert Q&A group was setup to create an open experience exchange between horse owners and professionals. Get your questions answered and learn more about FormaHoof in a familiar environment whilst making new friends on the way to healthier hooves.

Learn FormaHoof insights here

The FCA course in the FormaHoof Academy is set to give equine podiatry professionals the option of adding certified high-quality FormaHoof services to their business. Nevertheless, the course is open to everyone and owners can gain helpful insights in the usage of FormaHoof and learn with their trusted farrier, trimmer or vet, how to get started.

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Would you like to discuss your horse’s case with us? We’d love to hear from you.


The All-New FormaHoof Academy & FREE Basics Tutorial

FormaHoof launches FREE Basics Tutorial on the All-New FormaHoof Academy

WATERFORD, IRELAND

FormaHoof, a world leader in hoof care technology, has recently launched a new online educational program that is free to everyone. ‘FormaHoof Basics’ will give horse owners and professionals alike free access to an in-depth online tutorial that provides everything needed to start a horse on its FormaHoof journey, a journey towards healthier hooves, enhanced comfort and improved soundness, for life.

FREE FormaHoof Basics Tutorial

FormaHoof Basics’ has been developed to support the highly successful ‘FormaHoof Academy’, the online platform launched in early 2021 to give hoof care professionals access to in-depth knowledge, education and training on a wide range of hoof care topics and to help them address the most common hoof-related lameness issues quickly and effectively, from Laminitis, Navicular and White Line Disease to Hoof Cracks, Abscesses & Injuries. Through the FormaHoof Academy professionals can also achieve accreditation as an official FormaHoof Certified Applicator to give customers peace of mind with expert education and approved quality.

The one-hour instructional ‘FormaHoof Basics’ tutorial is free for everyone and will give horse owners and equine professionals the chance to gain insights into the benefits and use of FormaHoof in the most efficient way. In the tutorial you will learn about Hoof Mechanics and Best Practices & Treatment Metrics for a wide range of hoof care challenges. You will also learn about the benefits of FormaHoof, the tools you will need for a successful application and how to apply and remove the application itself, as well as gaining invaluable insights into effective Laminitis rehab with FormaHoof.

The All-New FormaHoof Academy


Whilst we are not a farrier school, we want to provide the best information and learning experience to everyone interested in FormaHoof. 
Providing easy and faster access to our students and everyone interested in FormaHoof is the main goal of splitting the Academy from our main website. In the near future, you can find expert lectures, additional language options and more exciting content in the All-New FormaHoof Academy, make sure you sign up for our Newsletter to stay tuned.
 

Caring for Senior horses – A FormaHoof Horse Care Guide

Caring for Senior horses –
A FormaHoof Horse Care Guide

Caring for Senior horses – A FormaHoof Horse Care Guide

Supporting a 4-legged friend in older age can be a challenging task, but it is doable and it’s our responsibility as horse owners to continue to care for them when they need it most. Whilst some horses have the luck in their genes and can simply retire in a field with basic hoof care and nutrition, others may need additional care to age gracefully.

Regardless of whether your horse has been your sporting or leisure partner, we all aim for a lifelong healthy and happy horse and this should also apply to the stage where you may not or only occasionally ride your retired friend. It’s important therefore to keep your eyes open for common health issues that may impact on aging horses.

How can I support my aging horse with nutrition?


MSc Lisa Elliott has many years of experience caring for senior horses and has used her nutritional education to go to extra mile for FormaHoof followers ands sum up nutritional tips and tricks for owners of senior horses.

“There is no exact threshold for when a horse is officially ‘old’, but if they are showing signs of age, such as a change in condition, then it may be time to consider a more tailored feeding regime:”

Fibre and the Microbiome

Forage should always form the foundation of the diet as it supplies essential fibre. Fibre is broken down by billions of hindgut microbes, collectively known as the Hindgut Microbiome, and the better the quality of the forage the better it will be broken down,  providing extra energy for work and condition.   Haylage, short chops, and highly digestible fibres such as unmolassed beet which are easily broken down are  perfect for older horses who have dropped weight. Digestible fibres and short chops are also ideal for those who struggle with chewing forage such as hay.

A healthy microbiome is not only vital for fibre digestion but also supports immunity, which is important for older horses,  particularly those with PPID or ‘Cushing’s.   The hindgut microbiome thrives on varied fibre, so a variety of different fibre sources is ideal. 

 

Certain microbes within the hindgut microbiome help support gut lining health and integrity, which is vital as horses age.   Again, they can be promoted through a variety of forage, along with feeds such as unmolassed beet or linseed meal which contain highly digestible fibre to support these beneficial microbes.  

 

Yeasts are proven to help promote beneficial microbes and improve fibre digestibility, so feeding a good supplement or balancer containing these will not only support the hindgut microbiome but help your veteran get the most out of their fibre for improved condition.

Oil

Oil contains three times more energy than cereals and is a useful calorie source for older horses prone to dropping weight.  Linseed is an excellent source of oil and is also rich in anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids to help keep older joints healthy and supple.  Linseed is also known to boost the immune system, which is great for veteran horses who may have decreased immunity.

Protein

Research has indicated that older horses can have a lower rate of muscle protein production and need improved quality protein for muscle maintenance and repair.  Amino acids provide the building blocks for making good-quality protein. Linseed and soya have an excellent amino acid profile, so look for feeds containing these to help facilitate muscle protein production.  A good supplement or balancer containing the essential amino acids such as lysine and methionine is also ideal.

Cereals

Insulin sensitivity decreases as horses get older, potentially resulting in metabolic problems with higher levels of cereals.  However, working older horses can still benefit from controlled levels of cereal starch in their diet for additional energy.  Cereals such as oats offer better digestibility, but to prevent metabolic conditions and digestive upset, feed should ideally contain less than 20% starch.

Water

Older horses are normally more prone to impaction colic and dehydration, so ensuring access to fresh, clean water will help to reduce this risk.  Feeding daily salt to encourage drinking, alongside wet mashes, is ideal to help optimise water intake.

Vitamins and minerals

Micronutrients are essential to support the health of your older horse, including antioxidants such as vitamin E to help offset the effects of age and boost immunity.  A good balancer, or recommended levels of a fortified compound feed is the best way to deliver your veteran’s micronutrient needs.  

Alongside good nutrition, regular dental care is essential for older horses, and some may need dentist visits every 6 months. Additionally, Body Condition Scoring (BCS) and regular use of a weigh tape is beneficial to help monitor your veteran’s condition.

Are you looking for nutritional consultation or support with a tailored diet plan for your horse?


Lisa is available for 1:1 consultations and is happy to discuss tailored options and plans for your horse with you any time. Book your consultation here.

Hoof Care for Senior Horses


After all these years of joy and many years of riding, please remember that your horse’s hooves still grow and need to be trimmed when they get older, even when retired to the field. Horses should always be checked on a daily base to ensure their health and welfare.

Older horses may show less hoof growth than younger horses, however a good and frequent trim supports your horse’s wellbeing and good health.

Professional farriers and trimmers will adjust to the horse’s individual needs. Back problems or osteoarthritis can make it harder to trim the feet, so the timeframe for the work to be carried out should be adjusted as needed and the professional should always be made aware of any stiffness or other problems the horse may show.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for aging horses to pick up some of the common equine disease such as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction/PPID (formerly known as Equine Cushing’s Disease) or laminitis, all of which need special care.

How can FormaHoof support senior horses?


FormaHoof can support your senior with comfortable support and allows your horse to receive 24/7 protection, without the need to pick out feet or worry about a rock bruising the sole or frog.

Studies of horse populations suggest that 15%-30% of horses and ponies 15 years of age and older are affected by laminitis and the disease (source) is still one of the most fatal diseases for horses.

The benefits for horses suffering from PPID or/and laminitis are scientifically high, as FormaHoof can support horses throughout their journey:

A final thought from farrier and FormaHoof Expert Aletia Reilingh:

FormaHoof is my absolute go-to solution for older horses that need help due to age-related changes and metabolic issues that impact the hoof. It’s simple and non-invasive to apply, the results are often immediate- relief and comfort.
Our horses mean the world to us, they give us everything over the years and we try to comfort them as much as we can during their active times, shouldn’t it be the same for them in their retirement? I say YES!

Discover how FormaHoof offers a highly effective, supportive treatment process for horses with laminitis, or book a consultation with one of the FormaHoof experts below.

 

Join our Facebook group

The FormaHoof – Ask an Expert Q&A group was setup to create an open experience exchange between horse owners and professionals. Get your questions answered and learn more about FormaHoof in a familiar environment whilst making new friends on the way to healthier hooves.

Learn FormaHoof insights here

The FCA course in the FormaHoof Academy is set to give equine podiatry professionals the option of adding certified high-quality FormaHoof services to their business. Nevertheless, the course is open to everyone and owners can gain helpful insights in the usage of FormaHoof and learn with their trusted farrier, trimmer or vet, how to get started.

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Would you like to discuss your horse’s case with us? We’d love to hear from you.


Thoroughbred Hoof Care with FormaHoof

Thoroughbred Hoof Care with FormaHoof –
On and off the track

An interview with Sven Targett – Racehorse farrier, Western Australia

Sven Targett

Farrier & FCA,
Western Australia
+61 410 687 120
sventargett@outlook.com

The most common hoof problems of OTTB’s, and TB horses in general, are conformation faults. The pressure high-performance work puts on those horses’ feet often causes their heels to collapse, which can result in long-toes and thin soles, also called flat tyres.

Every OTTB owner knows how challenging thoroughbred feet can be, with endless searching for solutions to provide support and comfort.

 

We interviewed Sven Targett – a specialist Racehorse farrier from Western Australia – and asked him how he tackles the major problems encountered with TB feet.

New technologies help open minded farriers and owners to step ahead


FormaHoof Q1: Hi Sven, tell us about yourself and your experience.

Sven: I’ve been a Farrier for the last 15 years, shoeing mainly thoroughbred racehorses in that time. I’m constantly being challenged by friends, both in the horse and corporate world, to look at advancing techniques and materials when it comes to shoeing.  I think the current advances in technology will be able to help with the care of horses and their feet.

Challenge: Thoroughbred feet


FormaHoof Q2: What are the most common challenges and struggles with TB feet?

Sven:

One of the things we often struggle with as farriers is working with racehorse’s feet after their racing career is finished. As a Farrier, I think we should all be driven by the question “ can we do better”?

 

And my quest to find new and better technologies, such as FormaHoof, definitely fits as an answer to that question!

We have had multiple horses finish their racing careers with flat, crushed heels. This can lead to negative palmer/planter angles and a complete breakdown in how their feet function. FormaHoof gives us an effective and consistent solution to get their feet back in shape, increasing their comfort and often helping them to go on and enjoy a second riding career after racing.

 

Improving hoof health of TB & OTTB horses


FormaHoof Q3: What can you suggest to owners to better care for and support their OTTB’s feet?

Sven:

As Farriers, we are taught how to support and protect the overall function of the foot, but we have found it increasingly difficult to re-boot the caudal aspect of the foot. This often ends in expensive therapeutic shoeing packages for the rest of the working life of the horse.

 

FormaHoof gives us the option to help horses to recover the function of their feet. The three-dimensional fit of the FormaHoof system allows us to offload the loading structures of the feet, giving us the best ability to realign the bony column and effect better blood supply to the foot. This gives the horse’s body the best chance to re-grow the heel structure and suspension system for the foot.

Eyes on the "price" - Is FormaHoof expensive?


FormaHoof Q4: What about the cost to get TB feet “back on track”?

Sven: Although at first glance FormaHoof may appear expensive as a shoeing option when compared to most remedial shoeing packages, in the long term it offers a massive financial saving. FormaHoof allows the owner to literally half their shoeing cost over the rest of the working life of an ”off the track“ racehorse.

FormaHoof benefits for Thoroughbred hooves


FormaHoof Q5: Talking FormaHoof, where are the benefits for the average OTTB/TB horse?

Sven: We now have many of our thoroughbred horses being managed in FormaHoof, both horses currently racing and some retired from racing. I’m thrilled to be able to make changes in their heel structure, bony column re-alignment, sole depth, and overall posture with the FormaHoof system.

One of the amazing benefits of using the FormaHoof system is being able to make these adjustments whilst keeping these horses in work.

 

Another aspect that really appeals to me is the ability to spell our racehorses in the paddock with FormaHoof on, giving their foot composition a head start before they go into work. The horse can then start the pre-training phase of their prep in FormaHoof, which means that we can support the horse’s feet without driving nails into the often sensitive and damaged hooves.

For a racehorse, this means that we can get horses to the track gallop phase of their training before changing their shoes for racing (current regulations in Australia require racing plates for racing, but in the UK FormaHoof is already approved for racing).  At the end of their race prep, we can re-apply FormaHoof to help the feet recover, while the horse has a well-earned break.

For an OTTB, you can apply FormaHoof to help their feet recover from a previous life, to build up sole depth, healthy walls and heels, and to transition to barefoot or regular shoeing.

Tips and tricks for farriers, vets, hoof trimmer and horse owners


FormaHoof Q6: Is there anything you would like to share with people keen to get started with FormaHoof?

Sven: There is a learning curve when applying the product. However, FormaHoof has excellent online training modules which are accessible for owners and farriers alike. If you, as an owner, decide to go ahead with FormaHoof, make sure you give your farrier access to the training. FormaHoof is a real game-changer in the way that we can approach our rehabilitation plans, helping these wonderful equine athletes to live long and productive lives after racing and I’m so happy to be able to offer FormaHoof as a solution, not only to our clients but their horses as well.

FormaHoof doesn’t need to be a forever solution, but it provides effective support to horses through their journey towards strong and healthy feet.

Tips and tricks for farriers, vets, hoof trimmer and horse owners


FormaHoof Q6: Is there anything you would like to share with people keen to get started with FormaHoof?

Sven: There is a learning curve when applying the product. However, FormaHoof has excellent online training modules which are accessible for owners and farriers alike. If you, as an owner, decide to go ahead with FormaHoof, make sure you give your farrier access to the training. FormaHoof is a real game-changer in the way that we can approach our rehabilitation plans, helping these wonderful equine athletes to live long and productive lives after racing and I’m so happy to be able to offer FormaHoof as a solution, not only to our clients but their horses as well.

FormaHoof doesn’t need to be a forever solution, but it provides effective support to horses through their journey towards strong and healthy feet.

TB mare in training on the track with FormaHoof


Sven: This is the third fitting of FormaHoof on this mare and her first track gallop at the Larkhill complex, she has been doing her previous fast work at home on a heavy track.

I’m super happy with the changes in the angles with this horse, she has some amazing new growth in her heels, which should help us keep her sound through this next race prep. The plan is to pull her out of Formahoof a week before racing, and just go back to normal shoes.

Thanks Aaron Pateman for taking the leap of faith with this new concept, looking forward to the future with this little horse.

Join our Facebook group

The FormaHoof – Q&A group was setup to create an open experience exchange between horse owners and professionals. Get your questions answered and learn more about FormaHoof in a familiar environment whilst making new friends on the way to healthier hooves.

Learn FormaHoof insights here

The FCA course in the FormaHoof Academy is set to give equine podiatry professionals the option of adding certified high-quality FormaHoof services to their business. Nevertheless, the course is open to everyone and owners can gain helpful insights in the usage of FormaHoof and learn with their trusted farrier, trimmer or vet, how to get started.

Contact form

Would you like to discuss your horse’s case with us? We’d love to hear from you.


FormaHoof vs Hoof boots vs traditional horseshoeing – pro’s and con’s

Shoes Speak Louder Than Words! FormaHoof v Hoof boots v traditional horseshoeing ... the pro's and con's

Embracing new technology isn’t easy. And in an industry like ours where tradition, experience and ‘feel’ have such a huge role to play in horse care and management, it can be all too easy to stay doing what has ‘always been done’, simply because that’s what we know and understand.

It is also important to stress that FormaHoof is not designed as a “forever” solution. We are firm believers that once a hoof has been successfully repaired (or grown out), horses should return to a natural barefoot state (always taking into consideration the work that is being performed).

The radical new technology of FormaHoof was launched little over a year ago and in this time we have been overwhelmed by the positive response and feedback from early adopters of FormaHoof. In this time FormaHoof has already helped countless horses around the world recover and rehabilitee from hoof injury and disease and helped improve the comfort and performance of countless others.

After a year of successful operation and upcoming expansion into new markets, we believe it is a good time to dispel some of the myths circulating around FormaHoof and its “space” in the hoof care market.

In Comparison


Firstly, if you are considering FormaHoof for your horse, you should be aware that it should not be compared with traditional or existing ‘alternative’ shoeing methods such as glue-on shoes, horse shoes, boots, casts etc.

This is because FormaHoof is something completely different.

FormaHoof LFM (Liquid Filed Moulding) technology has been created from the ground up to address many of the most common problems experienced with existing horse shoeing practices, techniques and products. FormaHoof offers a viable, non-invasive, and cost-effective alternative that allows equine professionals (vets & farriers) to offer highly effective hoof rehabilitation services, while providing immediate pain relief to the horse, without the use of drugs.   

FormaHoof Forever?

It is also important to stress that FormaHoof is not designed as a “forever” solution. We are firm believers that once a hoof has been successfully repaired (or grown out), horses should return to a natural barefoot state (always taking into consideration the work that is being performed).

Equine Footwear - Friend or Foe For A Big Trail Ride

It is also important to stress that FormaHoof is not designed as a “forever” solution. We are firm believers that once a hoof has been successfully repaired (or grown out), horses should return to a natural barefoot state (always taking into consideration the work that is being performed).

Hoof Damage Hero

In cases of extreme hoof damage, either through illness (Laminitis/Founder, White Line Disease) or injury (Hoof Cracks), FormaHoof really comes into its own.

We all know that good farriery is an extremely skilled profession. But when it comes to shoeing for extreme hoof damage, the skill required to successfully rehabilitate a horse using traditional treatment processes and methods reaches a whole new level. This means that there is great variability in the success of any treatment, which is hugely dependent on the treatment method chosen and on the skill of the farrier (or vet) applying the shoe, cast, glue-on, or any ‘alternative’ method selected. Unfortunately, this means that there can be great variability in the success of any ‘traditional’ treatments because the human skill element is notoriously unpredictable and variable.

The liquid-fit process of FormaHoof conforms to any hoof, regardless of damage levels, offering a consistent, conformationally correct and protective support base to the injured hoof, that is repeatable to the same exact standards, time and again. The need for complex fabrication is eliminated and the treatment process is simplified, with the human skill variability factor removed.

The application process for FormaHoof is quick and painless (non-invasive) and because an applicator follows the exact same steps on each application, regardless of the condition being addressed, it is highly repeatable.  Additionally, as FormaHoof is so quick and easy to deploy and the fabrication time required for custom shoes is removed, FormaHoof helps get horses on the road to recovery far sooner and prevents damage from worsening whilst waiting for a custom solution, which is unfortunately all too common an occurrence.

Shortening The Treatment Cycle And Saving You Money

Since FormaHoof applications grow out with the hoof, there is no uneven wear of the hoof capsule during the application’s lifecycle. Consequently, there is no need for an “in-between” correctional visit by the vet or farrier to adjust applications.

The FormaHoof treatment cycle varies between 2 – 4 applications (depending on the severity of the damage), with the application changed every 4 – 6 weeks. This means that for a theoretical maximum treatment cycle of 24 weeks, you can expect only 4 required farrier visits, with a reduction in unforeseen visits reducing the overall cost of treatment still further.

Some glue-on shoes may offer a similar support mechanism, however they lack the capability to support the entire hoof structure in 3D, as FormaHoof does. The 3D nature of a FormaHoof application balances the weight of the horse on the hoof, spreading it evenly over the application. This increases the surface area over which the horse’s weight is spread, drastically reducing the final force imposed on specific areas of the hoof.

To Boot Or Not To Boot?


In our opinion, Hoof Boots are not a viable mechanical aid to the hoof because they lack the ability to affix to it, so the support they offer is limited. They are best utilised to protect a healthy hoof over rough terrain.

Casts can often work as a remedial solution for extreme cases. However, they completely remove the ability of the owner to ride, train or exercise a horse, which may lead to further downstream problems.

The Hot Stuff


Recent thermography studies of FormaHoof on horses indicate that because the application correctly aligns the hoof based on the horse’s most comfortable, natural stance, the entire muscular-skeletal system is positively affected, with better limb alignment and fewer pressure points.

There is early evidence to suggest that using FormaHoof will build muscle in a much more sustainable way, much in the same way as a human athlete may have customised insoles in their performance shoes to offer similar orthopaedic advantages. None of the traditional shoeing methods can as easily offer these benefits, because they lack the ability and scope to precisely conform to the hoof in the way that FormaHoof’s liquid solution does.

Ride-On


Another area of interest for horse owners is undoubtedly the “rideability” that a shoeing solution might offer. Hoof boots are a great solution for trail rides as they protect the bottom of the hoof. However, they may struggle with wet and sandy conditions as they tend to create an abrasive environment, allowing finer particles to get trapped in them. Boots are also notoriously difficult to  size for, as the fit has to be perfect or they do not stay in place.

Some barefoot enthusiasts saw boots as a good alternative to other non-invasive methods of shoeing, such as glue-on shoes. Even though glue-on’s have the benefit of being non-invasive, they come with their own set of challenges. Rideability is affected to a higher degree than boots, as they are prone to disconnecting from the hoof when a higher force is exerted during the riding process. Worse still, with glue-on shoes there is a definite risk of pulling off any of the hoof that has grown under the application, as very strong adhesives are required to keep the glue-on shoe fixed to the hoof. FormaHoof remains on the hoof primarily through the bell-shaped geometry of the application and this, together with the very mild adhesion, removes the risk of such an injury.

Traditional metal horseshoes offer decent protection and support to the hoof. However, this is limited to the outer rim of the hoof. If a horse should step on a sharp object or stone during a ride, the sole is fully exposed.

To Sum It All Up


The benefits of FormaHoof are summed up in the diagram below. By offering an effective solution to rehabilitate a wide range of hoof problems, combined with ease of application, a reduction in treatment costs, and the ability for most horses to remain in work through the rehabilitation process (or at the very least considerably reduce lay-off time), FormaHoof offers next generation hoof care, giving your horse the care it deserves.

FormaHoof vs traditional horseshow vs. hoof boot

Back To The Future


Future generations of FormaHoof products will seek to further differentiate the benefits that are currently offered, by enhancing existing capabilities and adding new ones. This is the first time that a product in the hoof care market has been able to combine all the benefits of existing product offerings, whilst removing any negative aspects. The FormaHoof system is highly functional, allowing for normal owner/horse interaction, and has incredible rehabilitation potential, allowing equine professionals to rehab even the most severe cases of damage to the hoof, all whilst maintaining a clean, safe and in some cases, medicated space to accelerate hoof growth.

If you are unsure as to how FormaHoof can help your horse and how to tackle your horse’s individual hoof and soundness challenges, we have recently launched our dedicated consultancy service. These one-to-one live sessions allow for online interaction between an expert FormaHoof certified applicator and your vet or farrier, to discuss dedicated treatment options for your horse. Our consultants have thousands of applications completed and are ready and willing to transfer the knowledge required and help devise a plan to get the best out of FormaHoof for your horse.  

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The FCA course in the FormaHoof Academy is set to give equine podiatry professionals the option of adding certified high-quality FormaHoof services to their business. Nevertheless, the course is open to everyone and owners can gain helpful insights in the usage of FormaHoof and learn with their trusted farrier, trimmer or vet, how to get started.