Meet Floor.  He was born on the farm in 1996.  Floor was my trail horse for many years, and later became a solid and safe beginner lesson horse for older kids and adults.  In 2004 I competed him at the Rolling Rock Series in Sherwood, OR, where he won Series Champion Beginner Hunter, and at Freeman Farms in Molalla, where we won easily in the jumper ring.  He was sold to a student in 2006.  We showed a lot that year, and Floor and his new owner did quite well.  They did very well in OHSET for four years, and now Floor is teaching the youngest member of the family to ride.  Read Floor's hoof rehab story below.

When Floor was a foal, he had really good feet.  My farrier thought it was great that Floor's feet were so uniform
that he barely had to do anything to the shoes before nailing them on when trail riding season started each Spring.
Then my farrier moved to Arizona.  I wasn't sure I'd be able to find someone as good as Ross, and I didn't.  But that took time to figure out.
My new farrier thought Floor should be in eggbar shoes when he was five.  This lasted for two years and a new farrier was found.

Floor's history is interesting - when he was three he failed a vet soundness exam when I was selling him.  He failed again at another barn.
So, I brought him home and paid for my own x-rays, which confirmed navicular type coffin bones.  However, Floor had never been lame.
When Floor was seven, the new farrier had taken the eggbars off, and we had regular shoes.  Although Floor seemed better,
he was not.  In the photo with the championship cooler and ribbon, you can see that Floor is choosing to stand in a triangular manner. This stance is indicative of pain.
In 2006, when I sold Floor, x rays were not done, but Floor miserably failed the flexion tests once again. 
The vet recommended coffin joint injections, which were done.
Floor also received hyaleuronic acid shots once a month.
At that point, Floor was still a super good boy and did everything asked of him.  However, as the jumps got bigger,

and his rider improved, Floor began refusing to jump, and grunted in pain on the landing.  It was then I decided to go barefoot, as my other horses were getting worse as well.
When I went barefoot, although I saw improvement in most of my horses, Floor was one who didn't improve.  When I found my farrier was still
taking out live sole each time he trimmed, I decided to find someone who was an actual barefoot trimmer, trained in a school, just like
regular farriers are.
  Floor's (and the rest of the herd's) improvement truly began when the correct trimming methods began.  Now, in 2011, Floor is in his third year of OHSET competition, is sound even on gravel at the meets and here at home.  His stride is now long and beatiful once again, he jumps willingly and his feet are beautiful.  Floor's health has also greatly improved.

2013:  Floor keeps getting better and better.  As I learn more and more about feet, and natural methods of keeping horses, everything is better.
Floor says thank you for visiting his page!