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.
was a foal, he had really good feet. My farrier thought it
was great that Floor's feet were so uniform
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.
history is interesting - when he was three he failed a vet
soundness exam when I was selling him. He failed again at
My new farrier thought Floor should be in eggbar shoes when he
was five. This lasted for two years and a new farrier was
brought him home and paid for my own x-rays, which confirmed
navicular type coffin bones. However, Floor had never been
was seven, the new farrier had taken the eggbars off, and we had
regular shoes. Although Floor seemed better,
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.
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,
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
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!