Walt Taylor, co-founder of the American Farriers Association, said, “Of the 122 million equines found around the world, no more than 10 percent are clinically sound…and could not pass a soundness evaluation or test.”
The goal of equine lameness rehabilitation is to increase the health of the hooves. Rehabilitation improves the medio-lateral balance and hoof biomechanics, which allows the horse to load weight evenly and move correctly.
Movement through the natural gaits is essential to establishing sound, healthy hooves. Horses at Copperstone live on tracks with conformable surfaces to increase movement. The footing provides support to weak hooves and helps to stimulate new hoof growth. The horses have companions on the tracks and are free to move and socialize 24 hours a day. All tracks have access to shelter and the horses are able to come and go as they please.
The tracks at Copperstone have surfaces that stimulate new growth in the hoof capsule while wearing away excess hoof growth. The surfaces provide hooves with the right amount of support to improve hoof health and are comfortable for horses with weak and sensitive hooves. Horse receive a barefoot hoof trim approximately every 4 weeks to remove excessive hoof growth and document progress.
Horses at Copperstone have constant access to organic grass hays, clean water, Himalayan salt and mineral blocks. In addition, horses receive a balanced whole foods diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and natural supplementation. Each horse receives a custom feed blend, tailored to their needs. Natural chemical-free dewormer and probiotics are given on an as-needed basis. Copperstone does not allow chemicals, pesticides, processed sugars or manufacturing by-products (such as soybean meal/hulls, wheat middlings and other cheap fillers commonly found in equine feeds) to be fed to the horses. The equine diet at Copperstone is free from laminitis triggers and suitable for all equines, including horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Cushing’s and Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP).
Over the course of rehabilitation, the horse’s workload is slowly increased. We begin with groundwork and gentle work in hand, progressing to riding when the horse is able. We aim to strengthen the Longissimus dorsi and the Supraspinous ligament, which support the vertebra above which the rider sits before riding work begins.
Owners receive frequent updates throughout rehabilitation, along with pictures and videos to document progress. Owners are encouraged to schedule visits anytime during rehabilitation.
Monthly Rehab - $900 all inclusive (board, organic hay, whole foods diet, hoof trims, natural dewormer, lunging and riding, etc.)