Archive | May, 2017

Rose’s Journey – Thoroughbred Hooves

Blame Rome AKA Rosie
Karen Read is a long-time Neigh Savers volunteer. She is chronicling Rose’s journey with EponaShoe as well as two other horses we feel would benefit from this program. EponaShoe has generously donated their services to us and we are most appreciative for the friendship and generosity they have extended us.

Blame Rome (aka Rose) had a respectable race career.  A true athlete, she loved to gallop and had that winning attitude to get her across the finish line first.  Now retired from racing, she spends her days on trail rides, or standing patiently, teaching youth the “language of horse”.

Life was good, really good, for Rose until she developed a deep, bleeding hoof crack.  Heavy rains and wet footing created the perfect storm for Rose’s not-so-great hooves.  Never had the saying “no hoof, no horse” struck home more; this injury was potentially career ending.  Despite veterinarian and farrier intervention, we could not get Rose’s damaged hoof to hold a metal horseshoe, or keep the protective filling in the deep quarter crack.

Rose is part of a big family, she is a graduate of the Neigh Savers horse rescue program, and she helps out in their equine therapy program.  Could we give Rose the exercise and people interaction she loves – while keeping her comfortable, and allowing her hoof to heal?  A former volunteer and Neigh Savers horse adopter, Brooke Azcuy, had a suggestion.  The Epona Institute in Paso Robles has developed polyurethane horseshoes that can be glued onto damaged hoof walls.  If we could keep the hoof from getting infected, Rose had a better chance of recovery.

I contacted Monique and John Craig, the founders of EponaShoe.  Rose’s hoof was not good, but Monique thought it could be helped, if we could bring her to Paso Robles for assessment. Once again, the Neigh Savers family stepped up to help – volunteers Jenny Whitman and Diane Azevedo trailered Rose and I three hours to the Epona facility, where we met with Monique and her team.  Monique is passionate about helping horses overcome hoof problems, through understanding the biomechanics of the hoof, correct trimming and the use of composite material horseshoes that can flex with the hoof.  She is a brilliant farrier, horsewoman, and treated Rose like she was one of her own.  This is Rose, before and after, rehabbing in her new EponaShoes.

 Hoof with deep quarter crack extending from the coronet band. March 2017.

Hoof with deep quarter crack extending from the coronet band. March 2017.

 

 Quarter crack has been cleaned and stabilized. The 360 degree shoe design will provide flexible support as the crack grows out.

Quarter crack has been cleaned and stabilized. The 360 degree shoe design will provide flexible support as the crack grows out.

 

 EponaShoe after packing the hoof and glue-on application.

EponaShoe after packing the hoof and glue-on application.

 

 New hoof wall growth after 10 weeks in EponaShoes. Crack has stabilized and under run heel height is improving.

New hoof wall growth after 10 weeks in EponaShoes. Crack has stabilized and under run heel height is improving.

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Taxi – getting ready to be a star!

Taxi Update

Intaxication (Taxi/Mr E.) is a graduate of the CARMA Placement Program and is partially sponsored by Estolia’s salsa products that donate 100% of their profits to charity.  Here’s another update from trainer Lindy Christensen, LC Equestrian, Las Vegas, NV.

Intaxication is really showing us that the RRP is still in our future.  This guy is so eager to learn and is progressing in his training at an astonishing rate.  Since our last post we’ve nixed lunging and have gone to work exclusively under saddle. Taxi maintains himself in a beautiful frame at not only the walk and trot but the canter as well. I am so proud of this horse and what he has accomplished in such a short amount of time. He is actually picking up on some lateral movements. Taxi can leg yield and even does a bit of shoulder in. He is doing a fantastic job lengthening his stride at not only the trot but the canter as well. He is so balanced and is just a joy to ride. He hasn’t put a hoof out of place. This horse is truly going to be an amateur’s dream. His ground manners are superb and he is so easy to be around. Taxi took a field trip to the vet last week and was a perfect gentleman.  He loaded right in the trailer and was as sane as could be once we arrived. Might I add nothing is wrong with our boy.  He just needed to get a Coggins test because Taxi is set to compete in his first horse show this weekend!! I’m super excited to take him down centerline for the first time. It’ll certainly be interesting to see if Taxi can hold his composure on a new property and in a totally different setting than at home. I have no reason to doubt him and I am certain this will be a great learning experience for him. I will be sure to post lots of pictures and updates of Taxi’s first horse show.

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Welcome our new RRP Candidate – Intaxication

After I said goodbye to our sweet Squishy I was totally devastated. I was so excited to take that trip down centerline in Kentucky with him. With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes I was feeling really down and out. So, I did what any 30 year old girl would do and gave my dad a phone call. A little background on this… my dad is amazing. He has always pushed me to succeed, especially when it came to horses. I’ll never forget the day, many years ago, when I fell off. I angrily stomped towards the arena gate. I was done, I never wanted to sit on the back of a horse again.  That day my dad taught me an oh so important lesson in life. He looked me square in the eye and said “you’re getting back on that horse, I pay way too much money for this and quitting isn’t an option.” Less than five minutes after falling off I was back in the saddle. So, after explaining to my dad what had happened with Salsa and how heartbroken I was, he responded with “well, I guess you better find another one. It doesn’t sound like you have a lot of time so stop crying and get to work.” As always, dad was right and I needed to get back to work. This was certainly going to be a challenge now. With Salsa I felt like I was so far ahead of the game and starting over with something new would likely set me extremely far back. But, I happened to know of a horse that I thought would be up to the challenge. I called Karin that same night and requested he get sent my way as soon as possible. In less than a week “Intaxication” aka Taxi, aka Mr. E. (courtesy of Estolia’s who is helping sponsor with the sale of their salsa) was delivered to my barn.

I am so happy to introduce this awesome guy now. There are so many wonderful things to be said about this horse. As time continues I’m sure you’ll hear them all. Taxi has an incredible work ethic, he thrives on having a job and aims to please. He has progressed so much in the short amount of time I’ve had him. He does have an old bowed tendon but it is solid and cold and he is moving out wonderfully. We are being very cautious and Taxi is always put to work with polo wraps or boots. Afterwards his legs are iced and closely monitored for any heat or swelling. So far so good as he grows stronger and stronger and the muscle is really coming in. This guy is a looker!!! He is going to make a lovely dressage horse, as he carries himself in an upper level frame. But, I think he would a super jumper as well. Time will tell on that one. Taxi’s program mainly consists of lunging in side reins but where we are low on time I try to ride him for at least 10 minutes after a lunge session. Primarily at the walk and trot but we’ve already progressed to a little canter work. I really feel like Taxi and I will still make the RRP but I am not the sort of trainer that will push a horse past their limits. If we make it to Kentucky that’s just going to be awesome. But I’m leaving that decision up to Taxi. Taxi owes us nothing and I know Salsa would have wanted me to give my heart and time to another.

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