The Gypsy Vanner was barefoot, severely lame. Cracks and bacteria were more than halfway up the hoof inside. Example shown is the left front. Shoes and DE HoofTaps applied. Third cycle shows good improvement. We will continue with
DE HoofTaps until crack is completely healed.
He is now sound.
Wall separation starting on medial side of the left front. I scored where the hooftaps will go. I find it's always good to catch these issues early.
DE HoofTap is in, level with outside wall.
DE Hooftaps working under shoe. For wall separation and will stabilize the medial wall.
The first step in helping this horse. The hoof lost quite a bit of wall which was rebuilt with adhesive. DE HoofTaps were used to stabilize. Another way farrier's use DE HoofTaps.
Medial stabilization also promoting medial growth for help with medial/lateral imbalance
Horse is 17+ with crooked front legs. It's been a work in progress. He puts all his weight on both inside heels. We started applying two Hoof taps side by side on each inside foot. This progress has been 6 shoeing cycles. Rider says, "he is landing more balanced and feels better than ever!" He even has a better attitude.
A HoofCast applied no nail nylon/carbon fibre 6mm frog support shoe with DE Hooftaps as a wear plate.
At first I was skeptical I’m sure I’m not the only one since we see new products all the time but this one works. I have been able to find other practical uses for it and I have also improved my application of it. I honestly think that the only reason why he didn’t work for me before is because I was not putting it in my box so I wasn’t using it, now that I am I’m glad I did!
YES!!!! THEY WORK!!!! HOOF TAPS REALLY DO WORK!!!!
These photos were taken today, April 23, 2020. The original, pre Hoof Tap photos and explanation of January 31, 2020, can be viewed at this link for comparison.
Since Jan, this is the third, 6 week interval, trim. Each trim I used new Hoof Taps. I could see no noticable change with the second trim.
Today, the improvement was obvious.
Please note the horizontal rasp mark just above each toe crack. They were not intended to stop the crack from spreading. I proved to myself 40 years ago that a horizontal groove did not stop cracks. I notched the wall as a registration mark, an easy way for both myself and the owner to monitor the cracks progression, or in this case, lack of it.
I put in new Taps today. I suspect that withthe next trim the cracks will be removed. I suspect that with the next trim I will apply Hoof Taps again, regardless. Better to use them longer than necessary than to not use them quite long enough!
International Farrier, Derek Poupard -
CJF, Dip WCF -
Derek Poupard of HoofCast uses DE HoofTaps
Reset at 4 weeks:Young TB in training, 4 weeks out of King's Plates. The Thoroughbred went on to fetch $700K. Son of Not This Time consigned by Randy Bradshaw, went for $700,000 to top the third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2020 Spring Sale of Two Year Olds in Training. The bay colt, who turned in eighth in :10 flat at Thursday’s Under Tack session, is out of Business Decision, by Put It Back, a daughter of graded stakes winner In Conference. - PERFECT HOOF WEAR