Feature Case-FEI Gelding.  Founder

Laminitis, commonly called founder, is an acutely painful inflammation of the foot. It occurs most often in the front feet although it can affect the hind feet as well. Founder is the name given to the resultant tissue damage and complications following one or a series of acute attacks of laminitis.

In the worst case, permanent damage to the laminae can result and the attachment of the coffin bone to the hoof wall breaks down. The whole weight of the horse bears down on the coffin bone, and without the attachment to the hoof wall, the bone rotates down and can actually be pushed right through the sole to the ground.



I  am a dressage rider and have 2 horses.  One of my horse’s is a 15 Morab gelding (show by me through PSG) He is a horse that can go barefoot most of the year, but the summer months and working in sand arenas wears down his front feet to much. In early July 2004, I had felt he was foot sore and had even called my farrier at the time to come put shoes on him.  The farrier was out of town and could not get to him for a week. But only two days later he was in bad shape.  He was so sore he could barely walk.  I of coursed called the vet and at first there was no rotation.  I had my farrier at the time come out and work with the vet, but Miko did NOT improve and we could not stop the rotation.  Luckily the rotation was in only one foot and not severe.  I had my farrier out what seemed like daily but, after  a couple of months of NO success with the current shoeing my vet encouraged me to seek a different farrier.  I was recommended to a couple of farrier’s.  But Orrie DeCaster (a current trainer at Silverwood) had mentioned Miko’s case to Ken.  She told me Ken had been working with one of the recommended farriers and was VERY  interested in looking at Miko.  He really felt he could help my horse right away.  I scheduled Ken out immediately!

mikotrim1Miko’s xray July 2004.  Ken did not work on Miko until October but for future reference here is how Ken would have trimmed Miko as soon has the rotation happened.


1. Trim the hoof wall to be parallel  to P 3 Bone

2. Trim the toe to give it  a rocker effect to help the foot breakover quicker taking pressure off the toe.

3. Trim the bottom of the foot to remove some heal (miko has too much) and to be parallel to the bone.

Shoeing BEFORE Kenmikoxrayshoejuly13




Miko was shod and re-shod many times.  But 3 months later, he was still lame! Finally in October my vet suggested I try another farrier (not easily done).  I was going to take him to a local clinic when a trainer suggested I talk to Ken.

As soon as Ken saw Miko he knew what to do and that he could help him.  You can see from the diagram on the left that he needed to be re-trimed as described above, and he said the shoe need to be set back to enhance breakover. (white line indicates where the shoe would be set)

Miko’s Xray 6 months later. just before new shoes.  You can see from this xray how his alignment as improved!  If Fact Miko went on to compete in regional championships at Prix St. Georges and today is sound and barefoot most of the year!