Another Deadly Equine Illness:

Confrontations , Misconceptions and you


Good day , Wow been really busy lately. Lots going on.  Preparing the ebooks and getting lots of cool stuff ready.

How have you been ?

As usual just a quick mention of the Hoof Pick Giveaway coming up on another month and will be picking the new winner at the end of the month. If you haven't signed up yet hurry up, just leave your name and physical mailing address with me at John@Care4Horses.com and you're in . You only need sign up once. 

These are cute little custom one of a kind no two alike hand forged horse head hoof picks personalized with your name hot stamped right into the metal. They work great fit the hand real well and make great conversation pieces.   There are two . 

i constantly check out other websites and blogs about shoeing. I'll get emails telling me to go look at something online and give my opinion about it.  One of the horseshoeing blogs i visit were talking about how to measure a horses foot to make sure it's level . The method explained was about visually looking at the hairline or coronary band of the horses foot and making sure it was horizontal which would/supposto mean the foot is level. This is one of the big issues i have about shoeing as many Farriers and horseowners just don't really know what level is or how to achieve it , and it's quite important. I had to disagree with what this blogger was saying about using the hairline as a guide. He even went on to quote someone ( i guess some specialist ) who had written an article backing up the claims that it's necessary to use the hairline method as the guage of a level foot.

I just told the guy flat out that the hairline is not a static part of the foot and that it can move and wander around on the foot and because of that it's not an accurate guage for measuring level.  This blogger just wasn't about to find himself wrong in his argument and the conversation ended in a stalemate. 

So i have another photo for you , photos show so much and make things so easy to understand sometimes.

While shoeing the other day i trimmed a foot to level , this particular foot i paid very close attention to making sure the foot was "Spot On" Level. When i got done with the trim i stood back and not much to my surprise i noticed just how crooked the hairline was yet i knew this foot was spot on level. Trimming for level is i believe one of the least understood aspects of shoeing so i want to make sure i go over this often .  Easy to talk about and use the word level but difficult to really fully understand and visualize , so a picture is worth a thousand words. So check out the photo below and you'll notice that hairline on the left rear foot is just not level .

                                                           and the better picture below


So obviously i just don't use the hairline as the guide. I use the bones themselves as the guide - it's foolproof for the most part unless you're cross-eyed, but i'll need to go deeper into this to make sure you get this down. So i went to UC Davis the other day and took more photos that i'll be showing you next post here that will for the most part make it very clear what you should understand here about this thing called "Level".  So keep an eye out ok ???    good !  

Oh i'm dying to tell you an interesting story about what happened today while i was out shoeing with a client but, ahhhhk , it's just getting late.   I'll tell you about it later instead ok ?   

For now just know that it's simply not good practice to visually use the hairline to establish a level foot and i'll talk to you later.

As usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com    <-- working on that site.

John "TheFootDoctor" Silveira

ps.  Don't forget i'm here to help - you can still get consultation for any of your horse shoeing needs just by contacting me personally at John@Care4Horses.com      just ask ... it's totally no cost to you , that's FREE.



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And The March Hoof Pick Winner is .

Oh this is soooo fun.   

You know i don't personally pick the winners. I turn that task over to someone else. Today the person who picked the winner is someone from Twitter.com .    But todays winner is a personal friend of mine and i'm happy to say the hoof pick winner is ... Drum Roll please.  

Drum de da dumm - dumm de da dumm  ....

         None other than the wonderful  Pamela Roche of Lafayette California.

                   Contratulations Pam !   Ahhh whooooo !     Enjoy.    see you soon for Mickey.  

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Quick story for today.

You know Pam called me alittle over a year ago, Pam could tell her horse was in trouble and on the verge of going very lame. Pams first horse , Mickey a big thoroughbred , and like the rest of us , where do you get good information about shoeing ? Most of us rely and depend and give our horses well being over to the Farriers to do a good job on the feet with the belief the Farrier knows what he's doing. Jeeesus !  How scarey is that ? I remember the first time i called the Farrier out for my first horse , it scared the hell out of me when within 15 seconds of the Farrier looking at the foot saying "Oh i think you should probably call the vet and have him look at this" , my jaw just about hit the ground.  Wasn't shortly thereafter ( like five more minutes ) i realized the Farrier really didn't know what he was doing.  

Anyway Pams horse had almost all the typical issues, Long toe , sheered heels , slightly pigeon toed like about 98% of the rest of the horses , flat footed , thin soled , and poor ole Mickey's the type of horse if things aren't just right he's going to be in trouble, and he was.

Well the long story short of it , Mickey's doing very well now , he's happy again , sound , and Pam's happy too. Awww   (-:       the happy ending.    

The problem is all too often these things don't end with the happy ending. The problem is all too often horses come up lame and remain lame for the remainder of their lives. Ouch !  

Do you ever ask yourself why ?  or , why did this happen to you or your horse ? or , why did my Farrier let this happen to my horse ? or , what can i do to prevent this kind of thing from happening again or to other horses ?
or , where can you yourself get information (the right information) so you can be sure your Farrier does things right in the first place ?

If you pay attention and close attention here i'm hoping to save you alot of grief , save you time searching for information , save you frustration , save you $$$$ and most of all save you from a lame horse.  You can hunt , you can peck around and search and search for information and it's going to drive you up a wall cause there's so much contradictory information out there and so many differing opinions it's amazing , i know , i've been through it and i even went through a hand on full three month mastery Farrier education at the cost of thousands and thousands of dollars to me and i came out of the school at the top of my class and i "Still didn't have the right information".  

So i can't blame you or anyone if they don't have the truth about shoeing , i didn't , even after graduating, i just happened to get lucky though and caught on to what's really going on with the horses feet. Now i have a 17 year 100% track record "Not one single lame horse" from my method of shoeing.   Whooooah !!

Now i'm working feverishly to provide you with all the information you could ever need about shoeing correctly all in one place - ebooks - downloadable videos - Dvd's. You won't ever have to guess about what your Farrier is or isn't doing or risk your horses soundness ever again.   OK?   is that good ?    This is everything the schools didn't and couldn't teach .

You can either keep coming back and getting information here ( and i encourage that anyway ) or why don't you just leave me your email address at John@Care4Horses.com  and you'll be the first to be notified of the release of information.   go ahead !  Do it -   just email me at : John@Care4Horses.com and ask to be put on the list. Easy as that. 

Thank you
Congratulations Pam
as usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com 

John "TheFootDoctor" Silveira 

More of the Horseshoeing DELEMNA , This is how the problems start

    Hello , Happy Easter.
Riding season's coming up quickly, with more riding comes the importance of getting your horses feet done correctly.  You know lameness gives no warnings , It just HITS , and sometimes it hits really hard. Permanent lameness is no joke , horses don't deserve it and it's our responsibility to make sure it doesn't happen. The following story is yet another example of how lameness creeps up .         But first.      The Custom Hoof Pick drawing is about ready to choose it's next winner - Whooah !   i love doing this.    Who's it going to be next ? YOU ?   

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The Horseshoeing Delemna: the roots of lameness.

     I have a friend out here ( The Bay Area California ) who's also a Farrier, so as you can figure he and i both know the method i use that has produced my 17 year 100% track record (Not One Single Lame Horse). I won't mention his name , but the other day he and i were talking about shoeing. My Farrier friend told me he was talking with yet another farrier in our area who's been shoeing for 35 years. During their conversation my friend asked  the man"What is Balance". I was surprised to hear from my friend that he even asked such a question - it was as though he didn't know for himself what balance is and needed to ask hoping to find out the truth. You see i know what balance is - has taken me years to figure it out but now i understand what the truth is.

     I thought it was interesting that my friend , even though he and i both know this method of shoeing i use still needed to find out what balance is - "Shouldn't he just understand what balance is like i do since he and i both know the same shoeing system "?  Well my answer to that is "He should" and "I would have suspected he did". But the surprising part is in spite of knowing the same system as me he still didn't grasp the deeper nuances and was still in the dark so to speak.    Understanding horseshoeing should not be a gray area - it should be clear. If one doesn't get the truth and actually comprehend and understand the truth yurr liable to wander around in the wilderness so to speak , the result  Lameness . brutal lameness !

     Where this short story gets more interesting is in the answer that was given to my farrier friend from this old time many years in the trade professional. The reason i say "Interesting" is because i completely have to disagree with what they talked about, and i'll show you exactly why so you don't fall into the same missconceptions and bad practices , meaning you don't have to let your farrier practice the wrong methods as well , you'll be able to talke control of your shoeing for yourself.   So here's what was said between these two farriers about "What really is balance"  ( and the answer was quite simple to my surprise ) ( But wrong )...

    The problem : My farrier friend immediately turned his back on the method i've been using with perfect results for 17 years and immediately adopted this advice from the old time farrier.  

     Here is what my friend was told about balance:   He was told to look at the rear of the foot while the horse is standing , Look at the cleft of the frog and where it is in relationship to the bone column of the leg at the pastern. Was told if that cleft of the frog was not in line and center of the pastern bones that the horse is out of balance !    THATS IT ??   THAT'S BALANCE ?     HUH !!!   give me a break ...    Ok - i'm Italian ( calm down john ).

                        This is what they were talking about - look at the photo below - see the red line 
                 at the cleft of the frog does not line up with the center of the pastern bones (the red dot)


     There's so much more to balance than that, so much more .  Ok !  if i take the cleft of the frog example given by the old time shoer as the truth the question still remains "Well then how do you correct the cleft of the frog being out of alignment".  That answer is simple ( wrong - but simple )   ------->   the way you correct that condition of cleft of frog being off center is to then shorten one side or the other of the foot to twist the foot into the position of "Cleft of frog dead center of leg"   <--------  Just EXACTLY what i always say the joints of horses are not designed to do. Again - shortening one side or the other of the foot twists and binds joints and is aching for trouble and lameness. I just posted in the last entry a explanation of why not to trim feet with one side shorter than the other.  

     So there you go , my farrier friend completely abandoning the method that has worked for me for 17 straight years for something else at the drop of the hat .   What did that tell me - and what should it tell you?  It tells you that horseshoeing is complex , if you don't grasp all the facets and put all the pieces into balance with each other your horse is still out of balance and still at risk. It tells you that even Farriers with years in the trade are still stumbling around with faulty notions about shoeing ( YOUR horse is at risk when that happens .) It tells you that even when the truth about shoeing has been handed you on a silver platter that some people still "Miss it". The whole point of this blog is i don't want you to miss it.   I'm going to cover and keep covering and recovering these things till it all comes together for you. That's how you keep your horse sound.

     Remember , when a horse "Blows" ( comes up lame ) well -  it's Terrible !  i know , i've been there. 

     Do you know in the 17 years i've been telling new clients about this shoeing method not one single one of them has ever said to me " I knew that already " - they all get that look on their faces like the "Deer stuck in the headlights" then the lightbulb moments for them start coming .  Powerful !!!   very powerful !!   That's what i want for you - i want you to "Get this".         OK !        nuff said.   I've got more work to do - The ebooks are getting ready and there's more after that .  Downloadable videos and DVD's coming.  Bonus's as well that you're really going to love.  

     Happy Easter , as usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com    

PS.   Hurry up - you can still get Consultations about your horseshoeing or horsehandling needs at no cost to you whatsoever - that's ( FREE ) last time i checked   (-:       just get ahold of me at: John@Care4Horses.com 

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The Mistake of old school.

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   How have you been doing? 
        I'm going to make an attempt here to get alittle bit deeper into an important aspect of shoeing for you. This is going to be regarding what the old school and textbooks teach and the damage it does.  It's going to be and i realize it's a little bit complicated but let me know if i got the message across clearly enough ok ?  This is a visual process and i also realize it's one of the most difficult aspects to really get the full understanding of. I want to make this all real clear for you so you know beyond a shadow of a doubt what's going on with your horses feet. I hope when it all starts to come together for you the lightbulbs will start going off inside your head like it did for me when i discovered this stuff for myself. When everything really started coming together for me my comprehension of actual riding was greatly improved as well , there was something just more magical about it all. 
                                                       " More "  is one way to explain it.  "MORE".   

So here:   I've talked before about how textbooks say to shorten one side of the foot over the other when correcting toeing in or toeing out problems. What i'm attempting to show here is what happens when (hopefully you don't) you or your farrier follow those old school principles.   I want to start from the begining to make it concretely clear what you're dealing with from the start. The photos below show how the bones in the leg from the pastern to the coffin bone basically have one range of motion or direction of travel. take a look and it should be evident. The bones ride in grooves. I'm going to put this in a logical order and hopefully i do a good enough job here  to make the points clear to you.

        In this photo looking from left to right, first the coffin bone, look at the definite track that coffin bone rides in next to the following pastern bone.  Can you see how those bones should only be able to move in one direction? No sideways movement and no clockwise movement , the bones would only slide forward and back just as when the horse is running straight ahead.  Same Holds true for all the other bones you see there. The farthest bone to the right is the cannon bone , even it has some very definite tracks which dictate a specific type of movement. In my mind this is all very mechanical , almost robotic in nature , all the bones moving in one direction and each depending on the other.


      Ok here's another view below. This is a cross section / side view. The same bones as in the above photo are shown here. Can you notice how little space is between those joints and the bones? Those bones really only move one way - Forward and backward , just as already shown in the above photo.  One thing i didn't point out is that navicular bone right behind the coffin bone - see it there ? See how that deep flexor tendon wraps around that navicular bone and connects to the coffin bone? It's important to know there's alot of pressure being applied to that navicular bone and the alignment of the joints there are all very important.


        Ok now - follow the order here. Keep in mind were talking and leading into how the textbooks teach the wrong correction method with pigeon toed or toed out horses. In the photo below you'll see the same bones again except this time i've marked the joints with the red lines to scribe into your mind these joints should all remain parallel in alignment in this regard and the following photos will bring the point all home more clearly for you , i'm hoping.  Again though , you should be able to see there's only one basic direction these joints move - right ?   Forward and back , Forward and back. When i first started realizing this for myself it was a big eye opener for me. This is why horses run straight , this makes the differences between a cheetah for example and a horse and why the cheetah can turn on a dime at high speeds while the horse cannot. I found this to be a big distinction.    Ok ,     (-:   remember the red lines here.   

                                                       How am i doing ? Am i doing OK so far ?

       Also realize those red lines are horizontal !   That is that they are parallel to the ground as well . I mean the importance here is not just that the red lines line up like this in the photo but also that those red lines line up to the earth as the horse stands ( Horizontal ) .


        Alright now , real quick lets construct a foot. I needed to draw this out on paper so don't be alarmed at my art work if you don't mind ,  i'll get hurt feelings  (-:     but it was just easier this way.  Again , from ground one we'll start with coffin bone and pasterns.  

        The difference with this photo is imagine this as a rear view. Again the importance that those bones are in alignment and parallel to the ground.    And then quickly we'll put ( construct ) a hoof wall on in the next photo.

                                           So here it is now - we've put the hoof wall on in the photo below.

This is still the rear view, but notice the red line again , it's horizontal as well ( of course ), it's standing on the ground , what's important though is how that hoof wall is trimmed will effect all the other red lines you've already come to know. So this is where things start to get important right ? This is where we're starting to get into trimming and corrections. If the ground surface of the hoof wall is trimmed correctly all the bones will still be in alignment , "BUT" if you shorten one side of the hoof wall compared to the other your red lines will jump out of wack and the joints will be under pressure.   

        In the photo following the one below i'll show you what's wrong with what the old school and textbooks teach on how to correct the toeing problems with horses and what is meant by shortening the hoofwall on one side.
                                                   Below -   Here it is !!!   Look at those red lines !!!  
        You see one side of the hoof wall is shorter than the other , (This is still the rear view) The right side of the foot is short. In the diagram below if your horse was pigeon toed on it's left front foot this is the conventinal correction ( old school ) method and this is one of the erroneous methods of shoeing that will ruin a horse ( there are other ruinous methods as well ).  This "Old School" method here is to shorten that inside ( Medial ) hoof wall and as you can see the whole foot drops down on that side , and by doing so the whole foot will rotate in a counter clockwise manner forcing the foot to point more straight ahead rather than toeing in as in being pigeon toed.  You'd end up with a visual correction but look at the problems below with doing things that way.  1) The hairline (upper red line) has dropped down on the short side. 2) The coffin bone has been thrown out of alignment ( lower red line ) causing joint , tendon , and ligament stressses.  3) Remember the foot rotated in a counter clockwise manner , Strike three ,  the joints are now twisting out of their tracks as well.  And then we expect to ride our horses like this ???
        So things can not be done as in the above photo, it's just not healthy for your horse. The feet need to stay level .

        When i started realizing all these things it all came with a whole lot of mental questions. One was , and you may be asking the question yourself , "Well how and what do horses do in the wild"? " How do they get away with it in the wild "? Well i think the truth is " Sometimes they don't ", they come up lame of course , they're the ones that get eaten right ? Secondly , when you think of horses natural behaviors , well , they probably only run on a daily basis for if they're lucky 5 minutes or so and the rest of the time is spent grazing or breeding or sleeping , so the difference is they just don't get used as much as when we get them and ride them hour after hour after hard hour and turn them in tight circles and put them through all the paces we do which is a huge increase of repetitive motion on the horses joints , and if the joints aren't right ( all in alignment and trimmed/shod correctly ) well , we end up with problems and lame horses and all too many times permanently lame horses .   

        To wrap this up for now , the question remains "Well then what do we do about these pigeon toed horses" or horses that are toed out.  That's all coming. Just keep in tune , keep a look out here. I'm putting together a very detailed explanation of "The how to do things Correctly".  You're just going to have to get it for yourself. It will make everything so easy , and without it , well i won't go into the tough love stuff but let me just say "Your horse is depending on you to get things done right".  It's very upsetting when horses come up lame.

        Ok - it's very late , 1:00 am and i'm getting tired .    How did i do ?    did this come out ok ?  Was i able to get this point across ? Was it clear ?  Are you able to get the feeling for the full importance of this critical aspect of the shoeing process ?    I'd like to know ,  Please leave comments ok ?  they're always welcome here.

         I'm still giving any horseshoeing consultation at no cost - just get ahold of me @ John@Care4Horses.com i'll answer any questions.  

         As usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com   

thank you:   John "TheFootDoctor" alias "TheRenegade" Silveira 


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Horses with Pigeon toes / The Dynamics and Risks

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        The pigeon toed horse.

      Left off last time with  you recognizing the direction of your horses knees in relation to the direction of it's feet. We established that even if your horse appears to have "Perfect conformation" (Feet pointing straight ahead) it's most likely still pigeon toed and that the reason for that is  most horses knees point outward and the feet just don't point in the same direction. My findings in over 17 years is approximately 98% of horses to be pigeon toed. Only 2-3 horses per 100 have feet that line up with the knees.  So lets dig alittle deeper into all this and what it means to you and your horse. lets break it down.

      Most horses point outward at the knees, what this means is the direction of the knee dictates the exact point of breakover of the foot.  So if the knee points straight ahead the breakover of the foot will be exactly in the same direction ( Straight ahead ).  Now STOP !!  I didn't say the foot would break over in a balanced way ( or dead center of its foot ), all I said is the foot will break over , so keep in mind - "If the foot doesn't line up with the knee then the foot will breakover somewhere else other than dead center of the foot ".  

      If you have shoes on your horse or even a barefoot horse , if you look closely you'll see a wear pattern on either the shoe , or on the hoof if the horse is barefoot. If you study it you'll see that wear pattern is exactly in line with where the  knee points. Keep in mind the horse's feet don't necessarily have to point inward (pigeon toed) but can also point outward (toed out) in relation to the knee as well.

     Allright , so exactly what's going on here in these cases? What happens is when the feet don't point the same direction as the knees the foot breaks over sideways on the foot , either inside on a toed out horse or on the outside of Pigeon toed horses. Now I have to say i've only seen maybe 2 truely toed out horses in my carreer so most are Pigeon toed.  

     Several things happen on pigeon toed horses.   1)  The foot is breaking over the outside which twists the joint. The quick example is: stand with your toes pointing each other and try to walk. Your feet are breaking over the outside edge which is exactly the same for a horse - except for one big difference , horses joints are not designed to twist like ours are. 2) When the foot's not balanced and breaking over the side it puts excessive loads on the outside of the foot. My good friend Patricia Reszetylo sent me this neet link to this website to demonstrate exactly what i just said. Follow this link and then quickly backspace your browser to finish up reading here.  http://www.goinfrared.com/success/ir_image/1174/industry_id/1049/#   
      You can see the extra heat on the outside of the infrared photos. So not only are joints being twisted but the foot itself is being over stressed as well.   Next , 3) Since the foot's not breaking over correctly your horse will now have an incorrect gait , namely the feet will Wing Out. What winging out means is after the foot breaks over and comes off the ground the foot will swing out to the outside of the horses body most likely intefering with the rear legs as the rear comes forward - NOT GOOD !

      If your horses feet get longer the condition becomes worse and so do the risks of lameness. If your horses feet aren't doing what they are supposto do your risk of lameness goes up. If you're in the Horse show circuits with Morgans , Saddlebreds , or Standardbreds, or Foxtrotters , any horse with long feet, then, the leverages on the feet and joints are increased and the feet are flying every which way. You don't win shows that way , and your risk of lameness on your horse is not worth the risk in my opinion.

      Now , what do you do about these issues.  Number one , do not let your farrier use the Old school methods of correction. The old school teaches to shorten one side of the foot , now the foot is not level and more problems come. Don't let that happen.  Instead keep the foot level. You can find a very short video here on the blog describing the level foot - listed under "True level".  Also remember shortening one side of the foot will force twist into the joint which can also cripple your horse.  
       The ebooks i have are coming still. I'll be explaining in full detail how you can identify the risks of lameness and then what to do about it. How to trim the foot level , placement of shoe , how much toe should be left , heel support and much more all which is about keeping your horse sound and keeping it's feet and legs from coming up lame.

      So leave your contact information and i'll notify you just as soon as everything is ready. Same thing , just email me at John@Care4Horses.com and ask to be put on the list, and while you're at it don't forget to leave your physical mailing address so i can put you on the hoof pick giveaway list .  

      Need to run. As usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com   

John "TheFootDoctor" alias "The Renegade" Silveira    

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Assessing Your Risk of Lameness

Hello, Hope you had a great weekend.
      John here.

      I want to pick up where i left off last post about your horses conformation. But !!!  I have something to say.
I have a rant , a Venting.  I find this interesting - These blogs are a public right ?  So if I rant a bit does that make me like  those people you see standing on the corner going off on some wild rage talking to themselves outloud ?   Nah it's ok.  But here's the deal.

     The other day I pulled into a barn I shoe at and parked to listen to the radio for a few. I was the only one there and it was the first nice day we've had for a bit , so I just sat in the truck warming up, minding my own business.

     You know I really do try to stay out of trouble , I really do , but sometimes it just seems I need to do better. I'm working on it.

     Well, I'm sitting there and someone drives up , in a Mercedes , gets out to go into the barn for a horse. Well they see me sitting there , and I notice them hawk eyeing me and in another couple minutes he decides he's got to engage me, comes up to my window (without saying who he is) says "Hey what you doing here" as he's looking at my tools in the back of my truck and he then says " Oh your one of the shoers huh " in a tone of voice that he's sure I'm already a bad guy.  So I say "Yea" in a kind of tone as if to say "So what - there's nothin goin on here", trying to diffuse his anxiety .  Ok - so he seems satisfied and walks off,  but - something tells me he wasn't .   sigh !
      Sure enough - a couple minutes later I'm still sitting listening to the radio and here he comes again. This time he's "Hey - you're just sitting here" in a tone of voice as if I needed to get out of my car and start working or else for sure I'm a bad guy.  So what am I supposto do ?  so I make some quick mental assessments of myself. Do I act like a little puppy and put my tail between my legs and say "Oh I'm sorry - I'll get out now" " I'm sorry I'm sorry" or any such combination of any other subservient behavior ?   Nah!  I just couldn't bring myself to do such a thing that day. I just couldn't find those kind of words.      What would you have done ?  

      Well I put my foot down and say " Look you've already interrogated me once that's enough , if you have a problem you're gonna just have to take my car license # and submit it or something but I'm done answering your questions , I'm done with this". And I'm being as polite and honest as I can.

      Well he kinda got the idea and started to take a couple steps backward but he just couldn't let it go.  He steps back in and starts with more dialogue in my face ( why can't people just get the idea ).  So before he could get any more out i put my hands up and interrupted him and said quite deliberately "We're done here-that's it-we're done!". He got it and went away , for good ...   Whew !       But Jeeze - come on !!!     How confrontational the whole thing. I couldn't help but wonder if the guy would actually get physical.  So hard to make people happy sometimes.

       My issue was he interrogated me once and wasn't satisfied - so how much more was he going to need to satisfy himself ?   And how far was I going to go down that road with him, me bending over backwards to make him happy - give him my drivers license ? then what ?  Then would that be enough ? And then what?   So I'm sorry but I just had to stop it all right there before it went any farther.   FUNNY !!   It all worked out but not without a jittery nerve or two on my part ( thanks to the coffee I suppose )    lol   

       Ok - I'm done with my vent....      (-:

       OK lets finish up where we left off on the Lameness issues.   The following pictures as you'll see all are taken from a certain type of angle.  They are not taken from the straight ahead angle (directly in front of the horse)  but are taken off from the side a bit and directly in front of the knee. The reason is and you'll notice that all the horses knees do not point straight ahead, they point outward.   This is important to know.  Here's the photos. Take a close look at the knees. Then scan your eyes down directly to the feet.


     Ok - you see the first two pictures ?  Taken from the right side of the horse. See where the right front feet on the first two photos point in relation to the knee ?  They point inward compared to the knee.  


     Ok , now remember Zeus "Quarter Crack Hell" ? Here he is again in the above photo , this photo is taken from the left side of the horse. But you can see again the foot's not pointing in the direction of the knee. So what happens in these cases is even though  the foot is pointing straight ahead and the knees point outward(as in the cases above) in essence the horse has pigeon toed dynamics and loads on the foot along with all the traveling characteristics as well. The foot's not balanced with the body of the horse. It's not balanced with how the bones work either. If feet and knees don't point in the same direction you've got issues.

     If you can really recognize this you're well on your way to understanding true travelling dynamics with the front feet of horses.  
      I'm going to stop here for now and we'll go to the next phaze and elaborate more on this in the next post . For now really study the photos and pick up visually on knee direction in relation the foot direction. Then you can go check your own horse and other horses as well and see for yourself. You're going to start to be amazed at what you're noticing out there. 

      Ok signing out this is John "TheFootDoctor" Silveira   

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A Big HELLOooooo Everyone. 

John here. Seems  either the cat's gotten my tongue lately or i've had a serious case of lock jaw. You know it's amazing how a simple move ( as you know i've moved the office ) can really just throw life upside down ( least it did me ) It sorta changed everything ! For the better i should say but sure changed my thought processes a bit and put me into an introspective tilt.  Well anyway, i have alot to cover today sooo lets get busy -  Here we go !  

 1)    Enter the Hoof Pick Giveaway :
          Just leave your name and physical mailing address at :    John@Care4Horses.com  that simple, do it now.
          i'm giving away one custom, personalized, hand forged out of half a horse shoe , horse head hoof pick per month. They are cool and work well too.  

2) February's Hoof Pick Winner just so happens to be Gloria Hesse of Peralta NM ! Whooah ! Congratulations Gloria. Enjoy .
     Everyone should know there's quite a few very cool bonus's that go along with being a winner of the hoof pick.
3) Want to make sure everyone knows and remembers the consultation for any of your horse concerns is still going strong -  at No Cost to you -  That's FREE , yes it is   (-:      get it while you still can. 

       Did you know, are you aware that even if your horse looks like it's got perfect conformation on the front which means (feet point straight ahead) that there's approximately a 98% chance the feet still aren't correct and you're still at risk of lameness ?   Very true.    Almost every book i've ever seen discussing feet and conformation talks about perfect conformation being the feet pointing straight ahead. I always see drawings and photos as examples. It's a very missleading example. In no way does having feet pointing straight ahead mean your horse is correct , and in fact most horses even with such feet are still mechanically pigeon toed and the risk of lameness persists. So lets not fall into that false belief ok ?   The next blog post will be discussing this in greater detail - keep an eye out.

       You know i had the opportunity over the last weekend to film Leslie Desmond during one of her seminars and demos. Wow !  i was really impressed, and i have to say i'm not so easily impressed. Leslie is a horse trainer par excellant ( my poor french ). I really recommend anyone of you who ever get a chance to see her do so, you'll be richly rewarded. I was really touched by her expertise and ways of handling horses, very powerful and something that also pushed me into another introspective mode. I witnessed her dial a horse in within 10 minutes that had a serious problem throwing it's head while being haltered or bridled. Leslie works with the horses natural behaviors and hooks up with the animal and before i knew it ( and later had to re-think what she actually had done ) she and the horse were best friends and the horse actually put it's head "Down" to be haltered and bridled with bit as well. 

       Oh this is a kick !  ( no pun intended ). So i have a client the other day, the horse ( a paint ) throwing her head when i went to halter her.  So i quickly tried to comprehend what Leslie had demonstrated while i filmed her and decided to exercise what i had learned by watching Leslie on this horse. It Worked !  like a charm ! i went through the process and when i was done the horse just stood there looking at me as i walked away like i was it's best friend and like "What just happened" !!!  It was a look of amazement , and i was full of myself for pulling the stunt off like that the first time.  
       So anyway i'm impressed with Leslie , she really made me think how valuable knowledge is and i started reflecting to when i first got involved with horses ( then i started having realizations and  made some connections with knowledge regarding shoeing and horses feet as well ) i'll explain quickly.   

       I remembered my first horse which was given me. A beautiful quarter horse and she had been raced. This is before i became a Farrier even.  So i took her out on a lead rope to the levy ( all thinking i knew how to handle horses a bit ) to get familiar and buddy up with her ( our first time out ).  She and i walked out about a quarter mile or so. On the way back i was jogging , she trotting , and i innocently flipped the lead rope at her behind just to see what would happen , Low and Behold - she cocked her hips to the side and popped me in the thigh with a well placed somewhat gentle kick as if to say " come on fella get a clue ".  Oh the humiliation. The fear as well , and nerves rattled too.  

       So , tail between my legs i bring her home put her away and ponder the whole issue. Did not take me long to realize i just didn't know what i was doing with horses.  They're so Darn Big and ohhhh so powerful - i had straight up gotten scared by her. Truth between you and me, i was scared in the first place, as i said "They're so damn big". So i guess i did the first thing right when i went straight out and bought some tapes on horsemanship and listened to these gems over and over again. And, i quickly improved my horsemanship and understanding and knowledge. So i learned some very valuable handling tips before something really bad happened to either me OR the horse. Probably the best move i made.  

       Now back to Leslie Desmond (let me explain ) and "Making connections" with what she taught me. I had the simple insight. When it comes to shoeing horses or understanding feet it's all the same idea, Knowledge is key. Information is key. What is not understood about shoeing can lead to some serious problems ( lameness , possibly permanent lameness ).  Gawd forbid right ?   Without the information about shoeing and feet or conformation something really bad can happen ( Just as i had gotten kicked by that horse because of what i didn't know ). So don't let yourself remain uninformed and uneducated. Right ?  get informed. Arm yourself with horseshoeing information before something bad happens.

       To come full circle, here i am soon to make available here all the inside information of how i've kept lameness at bay for 17 years on not one but hundreds of horses i've worked on over the years ( I've got a 100% success ratio ) with the method i use " Not one single lame horse ".  In 17 years that i have explained these methods to new clients i have yet to have one single new client say to me " I already knew that"...   Wow !!  that's sad ( and i used to be in the same boat ) But fortunately they learned the truth i was able to give them.

        On a different note, unfortunately, then some of my clients for some reason or another decided to get a different farrier and i would later ( like a year or so ) get a call from them saying "John , can you come look at my horse it's lame ".   Are you reading between the lines ?   getting my subliminal messages (-:           

       So get on board - leave me your mailing address so i can notify you and  provide this information to you as soon as it's available ( Very soon ) This method just wasn't taught me in the Farrier schools and textbooks , and i just got lucky to discover it out on my own . Now it's your chance to get lucky too. I want Everyone to get lucky . Just leave your email at John@Care4Horses.com 
                                                                     and you're golden!

Ok , one more thing now before i go for the day.   Some of you have expressed an interest in the big German horse that i talked about a month or so ago. So here , take a look .  This is "Sky".

         You know i like this guy. He's got a real smooth nice personality. I don't remember his bloodline exactly but remember he's from a line that was/is a highly prized war horse. You can see more information on Sky at the following address  www.Warmbloods-for-sale.com      look up his ad# there   # 11639  or name "Skyy Al Saar" .     He's located in Half Moon Bay California.  Currently owned by Ronda @ Sahara Farms , phone # 415-244-3596
          Sky is a quick learner , but just not one to be pushed around as you can imagine coming from a battle worthy and proven blood line.  

         Oh by the way, Sky happens to be for sale.  From what i understand he's being offered at a extremely reasonable price too.  Hummmm !!!     should i ???         (-:       he's huge !!    

         Ok , i'm going to call it a nite.
         As usual , happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com   

John "TheFootDoctor" alias "The Renegade" Silveira   

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Onward and forward .  Just a quick rant i want to get out. 

Seems i'm developing a reputation ,  A client of mine was mentioning to some people at her ranch that John Silveira  - Oh that's me   (-:  was coming out to shoe her horse and the response she got was along the lines of " Oh yea that guy - he kinda a renegade "...         Of course i had to reflect on the statement for a bit and found it interesting in my attempt to understand it.

Here's what i came up with and i'm opening this up for anyones comments ..   

1- Yes i go around pointing my finger sometimes about things/inadequacies i've found and discovered within the Farrier industry after my 17 years carreer. How there's wrong information being taught that when practiced will actually ruin horses and does ruin horses.  So i feel something needs to be done about Farrier practices and standards , and i feel it can be traced all the way back to the Farrier schools and textbooks as well.  I graduated from what's considered the worlds greatest horseshoeing school and i certainly wasn't taught what i know now to be correct shoeing. So if me bringing attention to these things makes me a renegade then so be it .    I've just begun this journey.

2- Maybe you're one of the lucky ones that actually has a Great Horseshoer - They're out there - i'm not saying all farriers are bad. So good for you then , and good for your horses , but just because someone has a great shoer doesn't mean i'm going to drop this project and mission.   So i guess i'm still a Renegade.  lol    

3- On the other hand maybe you're not so lucky to have a great horseshoer working on your horses and well maybe you don't even know your horseshoer has shortcomings and then maybe the truth is you're just "LUCKY" your horse is a tough one and just has not come up lame "Yet".  But then what remains is that your horse is unbeknown to you At Risk of lameness at any time because the truth is you just never really know if and when lameness will strike it's ugly head when things aren't being done right.        

4- the point is i really do have a 17 year track record of "Not One Single Lame Horse" due to the method i use which i have never seen taught anywhere. Every time i tell a new client about this method they look at me like they've never heard such things and have never been told such things even from their previous farriers.  The ole saying " you just don't know what you don't know " rings loudly here and sadly what you don't know could ruin your horse.    So the question is , why aren't Farriers teaching these concepts and why isn't the information already out there and that's the problem and the issue i want to address.

5- So i open up and point out all the little trappings and gimmicks i've seen - what's necessary - what's not - and i suggest ways to validate and qualify your farrier ( that's not new ) and in the process i do some finger pointing because i want to stir things up and i want people to start to take a look at things.  So if that makes me the Renegade then i embrace it .  

There's alot of missinformation out there when it comes to shoeing. If that's not bad enough there's a GAP in the education process , missing pieces to the shoeing puzzle that i call "Missing links" and all of the above can and does ruin horses and all too frequently and the nightmare stories that horses endure continue.  

So i'll continue on with this mission irregardless of any "Handles" i aquire ( like Renegade ) along the way.

And just in case anyone's wondering - We're just getting ready to take this to the next level. We're taking the marketing of this message to the next level . We've aquired some Joint Venture possibilities as well and we've just started , we're just getting warmed up - Renegade or no ... 

And thank you everyone for being a part of this , anything anyone does is really appreciated and we're happy to see you all here.

As usual Happy and Safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com

John "TheFootDoctor" Silveira 

You can still get any horse related consultation at no cost "Thats Free" just for contacting me at John@Care4Horses.com   



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The Great Hoof Pick Giveaway

Hello everyone.

It's been a while , we're in a moving mode here , Moving the office.   Hope all is well with you all. Weathering this winter and all.

I want to formally announce the hoof pick giveaway.  What we're doing is giving away one custom forged personalized hoof pick per month just for signing up by leaving your shipping address and name at the following email address : John@Care4Horses.com      You'll be placed on the list and the winner will be announced at the end of the month. 

The hoof pick will have either your first name and last intitial or first initial last name or just initials depending on the space allowed .   And these hoof picks work exceptionally well , they fit the hand nicely and you have alot of leverage for picking rocks out of the foot. 

There's some symbology in the hoof pick , it represents me picking on this industry until they start to hear and make some much needed changes in common practice of shoeing horses .  Also if you're using your pick sometime and someone inquires about it you can be reminded to share with them where they can come to get the kind of information they need to keep their horses sound.       So - once again - if you haven't already left your shipping address and name with me just do it now.  Just leave your name and shipping address at John@Care4Horses.com and you'll be entered .       

Now a quick note about wintering your horses in regard to foot care.

Some of the worst changes can happen to horses feet during the winter. The hoof wall gets soaked and becomes soft.  When that happens the hoof wall can stretch much more rapidly - within a matter of a couple weeks.  You may have been spending all spring and summer getting your horses feet in place and corrected only to come back one day during the winter to find nearly everything you've previously accomplished ruined.  That's not fun. Sometimes it takes years of correct trimming and shoeing to get a horses foot where it belongs and doing what it should , the last thing you want is to take a giant step backward .

So if you can , the best thing you can do for your horses during the winter are - best case scenario - keep them indoors in their stalls where their feet stay dry.    That's the biggest part of the wintering battle.   Second thing is if you can't keep them indoors at least possibly they can be kept where the ground is level and flat.  What you don't want is for your horse to be standing on the side of a hill under a tree for example while it's feet are soaked and soft. The sloping hill and weight of the horse will stretch the feet in a hurry . If you scroll through the blog here to find the post called "Hoof Drift" you'll see an example of what i'm referring to..   So flat ground if you can.  thirdly this is the time when you want to keep your horses feet short.  don't let them go over schedule , the longer the feet get the easier the stretch .  So keep em short.  Short feet are healthy feet . And short footed horses have a better chance of staying sound as well.  

OK ?   if you have any questions please feel free to contact me - you can still get consultation for any of your horses needs at no charge - That's "FREE"..    just contact me at John@Care4Horses.com      

Have fun , as usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com 


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Blundering Horseshoers

Hello every one and HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!  Yahooooooo !      

       Before we go any further have you signed up for the custom hand forged hoof pick free Drawing/Giveway? If you haven't just do it now before you forget ,  Just email me at :  John@Care4Horses.com and leave your name and shipping address and you're done .  Giving one of these awesome hoof picks away per month and the winner will be announced every month here on the blog. We'll be keeping an ongoing list of the winners. Cool !!! 

       Ok there was a horse i put shoes on the other day . Was about the worst i've ever seen with long toe syndrome and sheered heels.   Just take a look at it , it'll blow your mind.
   Look at the length of toe and how far off the angles are. You'll also notice the clips on the shoe , unnecessary in the first place but clips cause a tendency to force the foot to grow forward as in this case.   There was no support in the heels for this poor horse as well. To make things even more difficult for this horse he was being trail ridden (uneven terrain) and hard work. 

      Now take a look at the following picture and see what kind of damages to the foot having these hoof conditions can cause. 

     Look at the "Huge" blood blister and creeping of blood over the bottom of the foot. This was caused from internal tramas to the foot caused by that excessive length of toe. Good lord.   At this point i had not even trimmed the hoof wall but only cleaning sole. As i started to clean and reshape the sole of the foot it became necessary to trim the hoof 4 times . So i'd cut old sole out / Trim the foot shorter / cut more sole out - trim hoof shorter ( 4 Times ) - incredible. 

         Take a look at this next photo of the difference between the feet after i trimmed one of them.
   You don't have to use your imagination here - but obviously that right front foot is an absolute total mess.  This horse was lucky , it was obviously not comfortable on it's feet. You could take one look at the horse and tell he was not happy moving.   You guys, all horses are different , some have very little tolerance for pain , others are very fragile , some horses will blow joints and tendons while others hold up to severe use , and you just never really have any way of knowing if you have a horse that is prone to blowing up until you put it to the task. Fortunately for this horse he's a tough one , a lucky one , a survivor.   I just love it when i can help a horse like this.   

         So this should all be helping your eyes get trained to what's acceptable and what's not , and keep you aware of how to keep your own horses from this kind of risk. 

Happy New Year , as always Happy and Safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com         
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Remember you can still get Consultation for your horse needs at no cost , that's FREE.  Just get ahold of me at John@Care4Horses.com                More cool stuff on the way , keep coming back... 

John "The Foot Doctor" Silveira