I had shoes put on my chronically laminitic, foundered and rotated mare. I, being in Italy at this time(2005)was very lucky to have found a Prof from the university who had attended a Ric Redden clinic. We found a farrier( again very lucky) who had a similar approach and was quite successful with it. With presence of the vet and x-rays he took off heel to de-rotate and put something similar to a W-shoe under. Open toe, slight wedge, frog support. He then chopped off toe. My mare was immediately more comfortable. I was told to handwalk her in the sand arena for her to understand it didn't hurt anymore for about two weeks, 10 minutes twice a day. Second day she was bucking and kicking during her walks, obviously feeling very good.
We did monthly resets with several emergency resets in between because she had lost a shoe from running around too much.
Unfortunately farrier decided to make her the object of learning for an apprentice, didn't check enough and she didn't improve, got worse again. Wasn't worth the 200$ for each reset. I decided to go the barefoot route after seeing several horses recovering to complete soundness.
So I cannot tell if shoeing would have CURED. It for sure was a quick fix, a painful one tho. Nailing on shoes HURTS.
Faced with another case now I wouldn't bother with shoes, I'd be patient and go barefoot
Last edited by deserthorsewoman; 04-21-2013 at 02:45 PM.