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Why evidence based podiatry should be the norm in modern hoof care

Evidence based podiatry is what we do - we apply in the field what we learn by continuous education and supported by objective data and exposure to scientific studies (which are widely available and accessible). We also collect objective data and demonstrate the outcome of our work evidence.

How we helped one horse recovery from laminitis

By assessing the gait, posture, hoof morphology and other indications we have come to realise are associated with laminitis, we were able to assist Dante quickly and efficaciously and a far more serious episode of acute and chronic laminitis was narrowly avoided.

To assist with balancing and to monitor changes, we recommended radiographs were taken and using Metron-Hoof blocks and imaging software. We marked up the images and hoof photos and were able to provide objective data and evidence to Dante's owner and team of professionals that the recovery programme and trim method are assisting Dante's recovery. Dante has a way still to go but her hoof morphology is healthier than it was before we met her when she had active laminitis and poor hoof proportions and compensatory posture.

Dante's owner Tracy of Lakeland Livery in West Cumbria is delighted at Dante's progress and incredible recovery and believes Dante "wouldn't be here without our intervention" last Autumn.

For more information on how to take quality hoof and radiographic images, see our blog post here:

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We take an integrative and holistic approach to whole horse hoof and body health. We appreciate the relationship between body, limb and hoof and seek to address imbalances while positively influencing appropriate static and dynamic hoof balance and biomechanics.

If, like our clients, you want to learn a PRO-Active approach to hoof care and wish to prevent lameness in your horse, consider booking us for an Integrative Podiatry Consult, Educational Event, Mentorship, or join our new VIP membership where you can support our work, receive discounts on all our services every day of the year, and access VIP members only resources (Starting early spring 2022)!

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Beccy Smith BSc ADAEP EBW

Diploma in Advanced Applied Equine Podiatry and Independent Equine Podiatrist, Consultant and Therapist

CEO and Founder of 100% Non-Profit Community Interest Company Holistic Reflections CIC

Holistic Reflections CIC – a 100% non-profit organisation promoting wellbeing and resilience in people, horses and the environment - for the benefit of all.


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