Alice was living in a field with too much grass. Her feet were overgrown and she was struggling to walk. Members of the public contacted the charity to ask for our assistance. Following an investigation she was promptly signed over to Help For Horses for treatment, rehabilitation and rehoming.
Alice’s front feet were so overgrown at the toes that they no longer made contact with the ground and so would never naturally wear down as she walked on them.
Following sedation and administration of pain relief, xrays were taken to reveal the extent of the damage and to establish the position of the pedal bones prior to a farrier trimming away the excess hoof.
You can see an excess of hoof growth forcing the pressure back through the fetlock and putting the weight through to the heel. All of the weight of the pony was resting on the bulbs of the heel horizontally and none on the sole of the hoof as it should be.
After the initial trim you can see how this now looks more like a normal hoof and the hoof pastern axis is already more vertical. This allowed the weight to be placed back on the sole. There was still a lot of remedial work to be done as the hoof now would go through a period of more rapid growth as weight was placed on it. In time more could then be trimmed off both the toe and the heel.
A new home
Following Alice’s rehabilitation, we were delighted to find a loving new home for her, which she fully deserved.
Thank you for your support.
As a not for profit charity, we rely enormously on the generosity of horse and pony lovers to provide financial backing for the work that we do. None of our volunteers take a wage from the charity and so every penny that we receive goes into our operation to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned, sick and injured horses and into providing educational support for horse and pony owners.