I am really thankful my vet also leans heavily toward alternative methods, so he was completely on board with keeping my foundered horse barefoot.
My problem is that I am no longer physically able to trim and finding someone that would listen almost got my horse 8 feet under.
I can barely stay bent over long enough to do raspings in-between the 4 week professional trims, but I manage.
What amazes me, is how sound my horse walks and he hasn't de-rotated very much.
The vet was ecstatic anyway His comment was "--the soles are nice and thick, his frogs are in excellent condition and his heels have spread a little further than they were. The horse can be saved a lot easier when those three things are in good health".
He said with the severity of rotation my horse had, he's not surprised there hasn't much de-rotation but he's also happy with the overall health of the horn.
I've posted this video before but here it is again. This was taken the end of January, 2013. His legs are wrapped because the second rehab farrier cut his heels too short in one strike and there's ultrasounds to show both front legs ended up with torn ligaments. It's safe to say this horse has been to farrier h**l and back.
My point to this video is that new x-rays were taken in early June that show his hooves have barely de-rotated from the 8 - 9 degrees (dorsal wall measuring) when he initially foundered.
It's a jaw dropper because he's easily moving down our gravel drive totally barefoot; no pads, not anything on those handsome little wiggies of his. You'd never know to look at this video that he is recovering from severe founder and hasn't de-rotated
He's a Tennessee Walker so that head bobbing you see is exactly what you're supposed to see
I still have not gotten over the new x-rays showing barely an inth of coffin bone improvement. I may never get over it - I've only now gotten to where I can talk about it and be fairly rational