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Welcome to Problem Hooves.
This site has been designed for the horse owner and rider to provide help, advice and if necessary a corrective shoeing service which will help maintain a complete and regular soundness of your horses' hooves. It will cover simple problems such as stone bruises to far more serious cases such as chronic laminitis.  
Basic shoeing is not included on this site, but I will advise those horse owners who have had a short or long term problem with their horses' hooves or soundness, that can't seem to progress any more and just want their horse to be sound!
My objective is to get your horse back into work and into a normal, regular shoeing pattern so that your own Farrier can then continue shoeing your horse.
If you have already consulted your current Farrier and Veterinary surgeon and still feel that there is no solution to your horses' hoof problem or lameness then please contact me.


"Robin Compton DipWCF who shoes for us at B & W Equine Clinic a number of days every week and is an exemplary craftsman. He is a most important contributor to any success that I may have with my orthopaedic patients! "

Svend E Kold DrMedVet PhD CUEW RFP MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Nearly all horses will experience some form of lameness in their life, from which they will normally recover quite quickly.  However, it is important to notice early signs of lameness, such as a shortening of stride, a lack of confidence over a certain terrain , a change in hoof shape, or reluctency to jump, not because of take off but because of the hoof pain they will endure on landing on their front hooves.   If this lameness, however slight, is unnoticed or ignored it could progress into a more serious, long term problem requiring veterinary attention.

Such symptoms may be hard to notice as they affect both front feet in the short term, hence the shortened stride.  A lameness in one limb is always easier to spot . However, over time the hoof pain will effect one hoof more than the other.  This will lead the horse to favour it and then consequently transfer the weight to the other foot. This in turn adversely affects the better of the two feet as it carries the increased unproportioned weight of the horse.  Should this continue untreated over a number of months the horse reaches a stage where it can no longer compensate and becomes chronically lame in one hoof.  It may reach this stage before it is  easily noticable to the owner or rider.


  • A well balanced hoof is the key to any horses future soundness.


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