Tina B.

Indi the Thoroughbred

I bought Indi (race name Balendi) in October 2015. He is a Thoroughbred, who finished his racing career at the age of 3. He was born November 2011. When I got him he had just started his re-education after being turned out for 6 months. His hooves seemed healthy although maybe a little soft.

In the beginning everything seemed fine. He was ridden in the arena or in a grass paddock with the occasional ride in the forest. Our property gets a little wet under-foot over winter and Indi developed seedy toe. I did notice that his toes were becoming longer and that he was getting lower on his heels. Then Indi's shoes started coming loose and over a few months it got to the point where he would only keep shoes on for 2-3 weeks before he would lose one in the paddock. It was time for a change of farrier.

My new farrier has been awesome. He recognized mechanical laminitis straight away. It was decided to take the shoes off Indi and to completely re-grow his hooves. He was very sore after the first trim and he had a couple of months off with no work at all. His front hooves were growing too slowly so my farrier recommended Farriers Formula® which I promptly bought.

By the next trim 6 weeks later we could already see an improvement. Farriers Formula® Double Strength has encouraged growth and I also think that it has helped his coat. Indi has always had a lovely shiny coat but I have recently noticed that his tail is getting thicker and shinier. I will keep supplementing his feed with Farriers Formula® Double Strength. It has really helped with the growth and overall health of his hooves, so much so that I am hoping to keep him barefoot once this whole process is over. You will see from the photo that we still have a while to go. Indi is almost back in full work although only in the arena and on grass. It is still too soon to take him on the road and into the forest.

Hoof with Laminitismechanical laminitisThoroubred Hooves

Tina B.
Swan Reach, VIC