Using FormaHoof as a supportive treatment for horses with laminitis
By FCA & Barefoot Trimmer Jackie Bowler, USA
JB HoofCare 815-482-2835
I am Jackie, a barefoot trimmer, certified through Ida Hammer’s Whole Horse Hoof Care program.
I service Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin providing the following services; glue on shoes, casting, boot fitting, FormaHoof, rehab trims, and maintenance trims. I strive to take each horses individual needs into account while forming the best plan of action for a happy horse and owner.
My experience with FormaHoof began in 2019 when a client researched the product as an alternative tool to help her thin soled horse transition from shod to barefoot.
Alaskas Laminitis Journey with FormaHoof
I first met Alaska in November of 2019 when her owner Rachel Kane, D.V.M. reached out with interest in trying FormaHoof. Alaska has suffered from laminitis for quite some time and her initial radiographs showed a long toe, rotation, gas tracks within the lamina, and loss of sole depth. She was in Soft Ride boots for hoof protection at the time and while they are a great product, she was still very uncomfortable in them despite being on medications for pain and inflammation management. We initially applied an Easycare Performance glue on shoe with soft dental impression packing and casting material over the shoe while an appropriate sized FormaHoof Mould was ordered. Although the performance shoes did lend some comfort, Alaska was still uncomfortable and unable to go outside very much.
The First FormaHoof Application
By February we were able to apply the first set of FormaHoof. Instantly Alaska was very comfortable and confident in her stride. Dr. Kane was able to document progress with radiographs every step of the way and the improvements with FormaHoof are evident.
Changing a horses posture during laminitis rehab with FormaHoof
We were able to see a notable increase in sole depth, no further gas tracks within the lamina, a better hoof to pastern angle, and a better break over. Dr. Kane was able to decrease the amount of pain medication since Alaska has been in FormaHoof and she has since foaled a healthy baby that she is able to go out and move around with. I couldn’t be happier with the amount of progress in such a short amount of time.
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