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post #1 of 3 Old 09-10-2014, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof Cinch product

Has anyone used the Hoof Cinch product to treat founder or laminitis ? Just saw the ad for it and wondering if anyone has first hand experience using it.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-11-2014, 04:43 PM
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We used Nolan plates (similar product, different company) in school for a laminitic horse. The rigidity it added to the dorsal wall of the hoof capsule caused him improve at first, only to become very sore after a few hours.

When a horse has heel first landings, the frog and digital cushion slightly lift and move the coffin bone forward inside the capsule. When a horse has laminitis, the swelling inside the capsule can make this process painful. After removing the plates and making a horizontal coronary groove in the hoof at the level of the extensor process of the coffin bone (using x-rays), it helped to create some space for the bone so he was able to walk heel first again because there was space for the coffin bone to move.

Overall, I think it is a tool that could work for some horses to help to stabilize the capsule. I would be interested in hearing from those who have more experience with these types of products - I am curious to hear if horses need to be weaned off of this type of support (I have heard this a few times from horses that have had casting for extended periods of time).
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Wow, never seen the likes before - just looked it up, and the Nolan plates, and will have to look into this more. Even if only as a palliative measure to help the horse be more comfortable while actual changes are made, could be good, but interesting the claims of it actually helping heal too. Can't quite see how it does all that, but that's not to say it doesn't. Be interested to hear of others who have used these. Interested to hear if Patty's reading...

The rigidity it added to the dorsal wall of the hoof capsule caused him improve at first, only to become very sore after a few hours.
Bit of a worry, esp with the coronary grooving...

When a horse has heel first landings, the frog and digital cushion slightly lift and move the coffin bone forward inside the capsule.
No, not in my understanding. While there is *very* slight movement, as soft tissue is flexible, this is very minimal & P3 *should* remain relatively rigid in the capsule, if well attached & supported underneath. I think those things are designed to *reduce* movement. Movement up and down, if the walls are still loaded, is something I don't think this would help with though. The idea of coronary grooving, as I understand it, is to disconnect the separated growth from the new, tight growth, so it doesn't put more leverage pressure on the new.
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