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Don’t be caught flat footed!
Flat feet are the biggest complaint I get with owners trying to transition their horse to barefoot.
Did you know true ‘Flat Feet’ are uncommon?
‘Flat feet’ or False Sole is a curable and common condition found in horses of all breeds.
Why do horse’s get ‘flat feet?’
A flat foot is nothing more than a buildup of sole on the bottom of the hoof. A normal, healthy foot should have concavity. This concavity packs with soil, providing the unshod hoof a natural layer of protection. When the hoof lacks concavity it is filled with ‘false sole’. This false sole occurs for several reasons:
Read about Athena's amazing journey to barefoot in the “Case Studies” page!
Poor Frog Quality: This is an example of a horse with NO frog at all. It was completely eaten away by thrush. You can also see he has another completely ‘flat’ foot. Again the hoof is struggling with excessive distortion, so the foot has put down ‘false sole’ to keep it stable.
Laminitis: Finally, flat feet happen when the soles of the hoof simply hurt. Laminitis is the swelling of the lamina inside the hoof wall. The lamina act like Velcro inside the hoof- attaching the bone to the hoof capsule. When laminitis occurs- swelling, stretching and finally tearing of the lamina, the foot obviously hurts. The hoof capsule will lay down a layer of sole to try and help the hoof feel better. Take away the pain, and the hoof will shed the sole.
Here is a hoof suffering from laminitis- thin wall, and LOTS of sole buildup. What can we do?
Step One: Find the cause. Horses develop false sole in response to something going on in the hoof capsule. This horse is suffering from some mild laminitis. The frog quality is good. Her walls are thin, so we need to address these problems to help the foot shed excess sole.
Step Two: Treat the problem. This horse was provided with a balanced trim and treated with Clean Trax to address the White Line Disease, the owner followed up with a daily treatment of Hoof Rx.
Step Three: Apply the Pads. The pads can be put into a pair of boots- the brands I find work best are: Boa, Cavello, and soft ride (Easyboots will work, but they need to be a size bigger) These pads are very thick, but will ‘smush’ down and form to your horses foot. They can also be taped on, or
Step Four: Get to walking! The BEST method of treatment is hand walking in the pads. 20 minutes of walking over a firm surface is enough to stimulate the cartilages and internal structures of the hoof. You can turn your horse out in boots and the pads, but the pads are most effective if the horse is in constant motion for 20 minutes. Turning out for prolonged periods will also cause the pads to mash down and be less effective.
After use, the pads will be pressed down to the shape of your horses foot, but will ‘pop’ back into place overnight. The pads are ready to be replaced after they have mushed down and no longer pop back into place (about 2 weeks)
Here is one of the first things you are going to see: Cracks and flaking Sole
(This is good!)
In a few weeks your horses feet will begin to flake and shed, you’ll notice sole cracks and peeling- this is the hoof getting rid of what it doesn’t need.
The finished foot:
In just 20 minutes a day, this horse went from flat to fabulous. Notice how thick the wall is, how the frog looks healthier, and how there is nice depth to the sole.