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March 2013

2MT - Tech Question on Base Narrow Hind Legs

on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:59
 Look how the horse stand the hind feet are closer together than the hip joints
The out side heel is being crushed do to all the weight being put on it.

 "Hello Tab:

Just curious, as every time I watch your intro video, my eyes go to the horse's movement in the hind legs.  As it's walking down the trail the right foot, especially, turns in and the hock wobbles as the horse moves out.

Is this because of the narrow trail it's navigating or does the horse have a hock/conformation issue?

Another reason this draws my attention is that my 12 year old Paso Fino has just been diagnosed with early stage of arthritis in his right hock (has bone spavin).  He, too, turns his right foot inward when walking and vet says it's because he's trying to protect the pain.  He's never been ridden hard or had any reason to have this issue, unless it's genetic.

How Can Crushed Heels be Fixed?

on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 18:29

Here is a recent conversation I had regarding crushed heels.  

Q: What could I do different to my horse's hooves with crushed heels? His hooves roll under due to improper hoof care in his past. My farrier has been working on him and I have him on Biotin, but nothing seems to be working.

A: In a situation like this you really have to be aggressive when you trim the heels. It's hard to get some farriers to do it, but it has to be trimmed back where the horn starts to bend and run under, (You should be able to see the bend).  This has to be kept up maybe on a shorter trimming cycle. You don't have take a lot off the bottom just keep bring the heels back.

Once the foot does this for a long

2MT - Tech Question - How to combat thrush in a wet environment

on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 17:54
Combating thrush in a wet environment


Recently I had a technical question about what to do with thrush in a wet environment.  I thought I'd share my answer with y'all! I hope it's helpful to you. 

Q : I live in  the Eastern part of Washington State and it is wet here; thrush is a problem. My horse gets thrush under his shoes in the white line area. My farrier always cleans his foot, puts "Thrush Buster" and oakum under the shoe, or puts copper sulfate liquid under the shoe.  I try to pour copper sulfate around his shoes between shoeing, but I can never seem to get rid of it...Any suggestions?


A:  When the white line is affected, that can be a problem.

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Shoe Selection

on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 20:04

Hi Y'all,


When shoeing a horse, which shoe should you use?  Have you ever asked yourself this question?  If so, this latest 2MT video on shoe selection is going to be perfect for you!  This is a short clip where I discuss different shoe options and which ones work for specific hoof conditions.  I hope you learn something new!  Thank you all for your time!

- Tab Pigg, CJF

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Prosthesis and Therapeutic Shoeing

on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:13

Hi Y'all,

My latest 2MT video discusses the 3rd and final reason to shoe a horse.  The topic is on prosthesis or therapeutic shoeing.  I discuss three types of shoes in this video and when they would be appropriate to use.  I go over navicular cases, crushed heels and base narrow hind feet.  I hope this helps you to see the benefits that therapeutic shoeing can bring! 

Thank y'all for watching!