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.