Belgian Draft Horse with thin soles, weak frogs, severe wall flare, wall cracks, and shelly delaminated walls.
The DVD series Under the Horse and Tools of the Trade should be made prerequisite to That’s My Horse in all training programs. The purpose of the TMH series is to help practitioners apply the basic protocols described in UTH on specific and complex cases.
This Belgian Draft has the "all too typical" flared, split walls that can't support the horse's weight. Listen to the classroom theory- then go out in the field and watch each trim as Pete works to grow in well connected, solid hoof walls over time. A thicker sole, steeper stronger heels/bars and a thick functional frog are produced along the way. Watch the trimming change over time as healthier material is produced.
On the whole TMH series: Teaching people to rehabilitate hoof problems is very difficult because every case is different. While the generalized instruction we provided in the lecture series Under the Horse was as detailed and complete as we could make it, we still find ourselves "stepping outside that box" on a routine basis. Disc 10 of the UTH series got rave reviews and was described as one of the most helpful hoof videos ever filmed. In Disc 10 we showed every trim of a distal descent and rotation reversal. A lot of real world information came out as we worked thru the nuances of that individual case. The appreciation folks had for Disc 10's format gave us the idea for the That's my Horse series.
We plan to film as many completely different 'types' of hoof problems as we can over time. We will show each trim, how the horse moves, the changes to the feet, and how we deal with the everyday problems that pop up. Currently we have completed footage on a navicular horse, a "high/low" horse, a club foot, several chronically foundered horses and a "splat-footed" draft horse. We'll keep filming other 'types' as they come along. As we get time, we'll put each case together in a DVD set (That's My Horse #1, #2, #3......). A serious student will then be able to collect each video set, and concerned horse owners will be able to just buy the one that most matches their personal horse's situation.
We are very excited about this format. Aside from showing more of the 'out in the dirt' nuances of rehabilitative hoof work, it will provide Pete an opportunity to present new findings and methodology discovered over time. Keep checking back here for new videos- we hope to put a new one out every 6 months or so. Ivy and Pete
Posted by Unknown on 19th Apr 2016
After studying the Under The Horse program, having trimmed for about two years before, we finally added a draft to our collection of QH and QH/cross horses. I had a farrier who had filled in when I'd had a major wreck, and when Charlie arrived with cracks and bad hooves, he said get used to the cracks, that's a draft thing. He trimmed Charlie for about 10 months, and I kept seeing a lamellar wedge in the front and one quarter on each foot get bigger and bigger. He was also really mean to my draft in an over-the-top way. Then he changed his style from Pete Ramey's to flush cutting everything like he thought he'd shoe them all, but I use boots and he knew it. Between his unprofessional behavior, soring up my QH to the extent he was balancing on one back foot while he lifted the other foot to the level of the hock, and then would change feet and raise the other one, all because of his blunt cuts, my husband and I decided I'd start doing Charlie. I used the techniques I had learned from Under the Horse, and even though there was a small section in UTH on drafts, I wanted more. Then I saw Pete had #3 in the series, drafts, and I immediately watched it. Boy was I happy I got the DVD. There were all my questions and reassurances that what I was doing was correct. I've been doing Charlie for five months now about every two to three weeks. I have about 1.5 to almost 2 inches of new capsule and his toe will eventually come back almost a full inch at a minimum when it's all grown out. When we first got him I put him on Equipride, field hay and black oil sunflower seeds. His first hoof capsule growth in the year and three months we've had him has no cracks. But in the #3 DVD you will learn that there are sometimes cracks that due to damage to coronet, may or may not grow out. But that's so good to know because it teaches us that we can't fix everything, but we sure can make them look good otherwise, and that a properly grown out hoof, even with a forever crack can be comfortable, strong, and of no concern for work or riding. Yay, Pete. What would I do without you.