WHY AEP? - ONYX AND CHRISTINE'S STORY
Onyx is a 7 year old tb bought out of a race yard Jan 05. he was very underweight and very depressed. His feet were in the same shape as the rest of him, his soles were so soft that I could press my thumbs into them, my farrier at the time was very patient putting new shoes on every week or 2 as he continually pulled them off, when he did I had to bandage his foot within the hour or he would be so lame. He also tripped very badly I only ever trotted on grass and sometimes he ended up with mud all up his face where he had taken a nose dive. After a year of getting him mentally and physically well I decided to give him a month off over Christmas and when I suggested taking his shoes off my farrier said his feet wouldn't handle it and they would fall apart and he would be lame, anyway he wasn't and they didn't. I decided I would try going barefoot for a while
as we weren't doing much and he was ok, my farrier really didn't like the idea and I felt I was getting no support from him so I contacted an equine podiatrist.
Initially we progressed well but I noticed that gradually his hoof structures began to deteriorate again his toes getting longer , heels starting to under run and quarter cracks and toe cracks appearing and when I questioned her I wasn't getting any real explanations so I made some phone calls took some advice and decided to contact Lindsay Cotterell DAEP. I can now be rest assured that as an Active Alumni member of the Institute of Equine Podiatry Lindsay follows a Code of Ethics and attends regular Continual Professional Development and her explanations of hoof function are evidence based.
His feet have improved so much, even after the first couple of trims the difference was very noticeable. Lindsay has been full of advice and help on how to improve his feet more and more and with this advice they just keep getting better. She is very kind, gentle and patient with onyx as he can be a bit cheeky, but can be easily upset.
I would like to say thank you to you all for taking the time to send me your testimonials. I know for some it has been an emotional journey and that is certainly one I can relate to. It is also so encouraging to find more and more owners deciding that AEP is the route they want to take with their horses from the start. Your contributions are proof of its success and the need for Whole Horse Hoof Care which will help guide, motivate and inspire others who may have reached a cross roads and not be sure which turn to take.