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Hello and welcome. My name is Sammy L. Pittman, DVM and I am a veterinarian, farrier, and horsemen with a great interest in the field of equine podiatry. My wife and I own and operate Innovative Equine Podiatry and Veterinary Services in Collinsville TX. I offer a full line of horse veterinary care, however my passion lies within the health and well being of the hoof to better serve your equine companion. With so much lameness attributed to the lower limb many horses require an out of the box approach to achieve the success desired.
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Cyril's Hoof Spring

This is a technique I learned from a farrier from Switzerland (Cyril Zuber) while at Dr. Redden's advanced equine podiatry class last month.  This case experienced a severe heel bulb laceration about a year ago.  All has healed up but a severe contraction secondary to loss of heel mass from injury and lack of full load bearing has occured.  I can't say if the contraction component is related to any lameness but a more cosmetic hoof could be obtained.

Below is radiographs and photos of the hoof and spring application process.  At the very end is a video of the spring being released showing the action that it is applying to the hoof capsule.

I placed in a custom steel rocker rail to fully load heels and maintain a self adjusting palmar angle with greatly reduced toe lever.