Lin Conwell first noticed that something wasn’t right when her young gelding, Mr Beanz, didn’t come over to greet her at the gate of his field. As she got closer to him she realised he was swaying slightly and almost looked drunk; Lin’s first thought was that he’d eaten something poisonous however her vet advised her to give him some Bute and see how he is the following day.
Luckily the following day Mr Beanz was his usual self and galloped over to her at the gate, she decided to move him to his stable so she could keep a closer eye on him. Unfortunately the next day Mr Beanz was very lame, the vet diagnosed severe laminitis and advised box rest for 4 months. Lin was only able to walk him out on the occasions he was sound, frustratingly, he would be sound one day and then lame the next.
Lin was at a loss as to what had caused the laminitis in her gelding; he was not over weight and there was very little grass in the field. With the laminitis attacks continuing, the vet was repeatedly called out and finally during the worst attack, Lin was advised to have him put down. Mr Beanz was spending lots of time lying down, however Lin had an instinct that something more could be done to help him.
Lin’s only remaining hope was Cornelius ‘Connie’ Sullivan, a local farrier that has an excellent reputation with laminitic horses. Lin asked the vet to keep Mr Beanz comfortable until Connie could see him and to get some X Rays for him. The X Rays showed that his pedal bones had rotated to the point of being completely vertical, this had also caused distortion of his knees and fetlocks as well.
During the first visit, Connie aimed to relieve the pain and support the front hooves. He fitted Mr Beanz with plastic supportive shoes which reduce the forces exerted on the damaged laminae so that he can move comfortably. Mr Beanz had these supportive shoes on for four shoeing cycles. It was vital that Connie had enough hoof to be able to work with so Lin used Carr & Day & Martin Cornucrescine Ointment. The Cornucrescine Ointment improves hoof quality as well as accelerating hoof growth. Lin massaged the Cornucrescine into the coronet band by hand – the massaging action ensured that blood flow to the hoof is stimulated, therefore encouraging improved hoof growth and quality immediately.
Two months later, Mr Beanz had progressed well and Lin was finally given the go ahead by her vet to lead him out in hand. At this point, Mr Beanz was only halter broken so Lin introduced the bride for leading him. As his exercise regime meant he was allowed out of the stable for longer, Lin tried him with a saddle and started hacking him.
The combination of Connie’s expert farriery, a high quality and effective hoof product as well as Lin’s hard work finally paid off and Mr Beanz was X-rayed for a final time six months later, showing that the pedal bone had returned to it’s normal position.
Lin is now busy progressing Mr Beanz’ career and has so far begun competing. Mr Beanz has shown a natural talent for jumping and has been to local shows for both dressage, jumping and showing as well as having been out hunting. He is enjoying a happy, healthy life and Lin aims to have him affiliated with British Showjumping. His routine and management are now normal, however Lin continues to have Connie seeing to his shoeing and continues to use Cornucrescine Ointment to ensure good hoof growth.