Meet Wizard. Wizard
was a successful jumper and lesson horse but incorrect shoeing
over time caused significant changes
in his feet and back.
Wizard had great feet as a foal and through age 5, when my
really good farrier moved to Arizona. The new farrier seemed to
not take as much foot off when he trimmed.
Wizard's feet grew long, his back became deformed at the sacral
joint, and he was refusing jumps and bucking. His nice,
smooth gaits had become rough. He used to feel like
jumping a cloud. In August 2007 at age 7, Wizard was
retired from the lesson program and the jumper ring. He
still ended up 3rd for the year in OHJA Local
Beginner Jumper with a student. I decided to
forgo traditional shoeing and opt for a barefoot trimmer.
Wizard was turned out.
had not been making much progress when I switched to
was having all the horses trimmed once a month. It worked
everyone except Wizard. A friend of mine asked
me if she could trim him more often, and we began a weekly trim
schedule. I have to admit, I was skeptical that he would need to
trimmed in just one week, but he did. It was amazing to
he had put out enough growth to require her to use the
nippers. He was trimmed once a week for three months
could back off to two weeks, and later to three, where we are
now. Wizard puts out more hoof than normal horses.
His half brother Klark is the same way.
Wizard's feet began to improve right away on the more frequent
trim schedule. His heels have expanded and his frog is
about double in width to what it was a year ago. I would
test ride him every so often. In 2012 he began heading to
the jumps on his own. As of 2013 he has rejoined the
lesson program and is jumping 3' again.