During our day to day work we encounter many different issues and problems. I try to take as many photos as possible but often get carried away with the work at hand and forget so apologies for some of the case studies not having many photos in them!


Some of the awards from the Worshipful Company Of Farriers (WCF). Tom is also a freeman of the company.

Case Study 1

This horse was presented to us with intermittent lameness and very poor hoof conformation. We have been shoeing this horse for some time now and although the feet are never going to be a brilliant text book conformation, we have kept him sound and able to complete consistently since first shoeing. The feet have continued to improve since this first shoeing.

Case Study 2

This horse was referred by a Veterinary surgeon. We were provided with X-rays of the front feet. The horse was lame and had been so for some time. We carefully trimmed the feet and then fitted good size heart bar shoes to support the back of the foot and encourage the feet to improve in their conformation. In subsequent shoeing we added sole pack and this improved soundness substantially. Once the horse was made sound and improved we handed over the shoeing to a local farrier.


Case Study 3

We were presented with this chronic laminatic pony really as a last resort. It was uncomfortable and not very happy. We decided to use the EDSS Stewards Clog with impression material to try to replicate the hoof conformation the pony should have had. This was a massive success and we were able to give the pony several more years of comfort. I believe these photos were taken on the second application. We were able to continue to improve the hoof conformation over subsequent applications.


Case Study 4

This horse was referred to us by a veterinary surgeon. It presented in very acute pain, with complete and complicated cracks in three of the four feet. It had been shod very recently and the feet were very short. The balance and conformation of the hoof capsules was very poor indeed. I met with the veterinary surgeon so we could discuss the case and create a plan of action.

Case Study 5

This horse had a serious crack on the inside of his front foot. It was limiting his performance so we were asked to treat it. We did actually get this crack to close and grow right out.


Case Study 6

We were asked to attend to a horse that was intermittently lame. Upon assessment it was obvious that the horse was landing massively toe heavy with no other issues apparent. We decided to use the EDSS (Equine Digital Support System) system as it allowed us to shoe the foot and then vary the amount of heel elevation after with the detachable heel rails and frog supports. These come in various sizes and this allows the farrier to observe the horse and make adjustments without having to remove the shoe and risk further damaging the foot. This horse was adjusted until a flat foot fall was observed. The horse returned to sound remarkably quickly once the trauma of hitting the toes had been removed.

Case Study 7

This horse was a competition horse and had been referred to us for shoeing. We consulted with the owner and discussed the history of the horse. There had been low grade pain at the back of the foot with heels becoming under run. We decided that the horse needed maximum support and with the owner being slightly hesitant about pads or a very heavy shoe we decided to use some aluminium heart bar shoes. They offered good support and the horse was able to complete many competitions with these on.

Case Study 8

The following horse suffers from chronic laminitis that developed from the very acute form following his getting into a grain store. One of the side effects of this are very damaged chronic laminitic front feet which are unable to sustain his body weight comfortably without assistance. We originally tried with conventionally nailed on shoes but the remaining horn was unable to support a nail. We now use Imprint Plus shoes. They are similar to the first aid version (Imprint Firsts) but are made from a slightly more resilient plastic. He has had several years in these shoes now and is happily able to cope with everything that he is asked to do.

Case Study 9

This horse was referred to us by a veterinary surgeon. The horse had developed sidebone which is the ossification of one or both of the co-lateral cartilages in the hoof. This sidebone had then fractured. This was the first time I had dealt with this issue as I believe it is quite rare. Discussion with the veterinary surgeon lead us to use a simple bar shoe, with several extra clips drawn to vastly reduce the movement on the affected side of the foot, with the intention of allowing the cartilage/new bone to rejoin. We shod this horse twice and it was improving, it was then removed from our area so I do not know the outcome of this case.


Other bits and bobs!

Some other things that we have taken photos of!