Pepsi is a 16 hh ID cross approx 16years. Before his present owner he had 'experienced life' eventing.
On my first visit to Pepsi he struck me as a horse older than his years. He had significant arthritis in both hocks and both front tendons were inflammed and he was in a period of rest.
His owner rightly felt that he was deterioriting and wanted to try and help him by removing his shoes particularly in relation to the impact he was experiencing to joints.
Pepsi was described as a 'heavy' horse to ride. Very much on the forehand and short in his stride. His posture appeared weak particularly in the lumber area.
Pepsi's hoof structures were typical of a horse that had been shod for a long time. He had contracted and under-run heels with deep sulcus splits in all hooves and very weak internal arch and wall matrix. He had toe splits on both fronts and generally weak structures. He was scored at a 3.5 on the Spectrum.
It was extremely difficult for Pepsi to elevate his hinds for any length of time for trimming.
PEPSI WAS CLEAN TRAXED AND FOLLOWED UP WITH SPECTRASAN
ALL SULCUSES WERE TREATED WITH HOOF STUFF
POLY FLEX WRAPS WERE USED ON IS FRONTS FOR ONE TRIM CYCLE
HOOF BOOTS AND 'SOS' THERAPEUTIC PADS TO HELP WITH HEEL DEVELOPMENT AND REDUCE CONCUSSION TO JOINTS
A HOOF CONDITIONING/EXERCISE PLAN WAS PUT INTO ACTION
Pepsi's progress was slow but consistent. He needed time to re-adjust his whole body and was treated using Mctimoney/Sports Massage and over that time, he became far more balanced in his dynamic movement, lighter on his forehand and enthusiastic again.
Gradually as Pepsi's hooves improved and his dynamic movement it became obvious from his general demeanour, performance, growing confidence and ability to lengthen his stride that he was feeling much better. In fact, Pepsi began to feel so good on a few occasions he became quite a handful to ride - Pepsi's Fizz had truly returned!
Thanks to the patience of his owner to allow Pepsi the time to recover, he is now bursting with life, enthusiastically loading himself into the horse box, enjoying jumping and dressage and hind elevation is no longer a problem during trimming!
Katie said he's like a new horse !
PEPSI AND KATIE LEAPING INTO ACTION