Hoof orthopedic treatment on-site

//Hoof orthopedic treatment on-site

DIfHO® Case Studies hoof orthopedic treatment on-site

Here we show you cases where hoof orthopedics helped horses that had hoof problems or diseases which where deemed severe and in some cases hopeless.

Symptoms such as cracks and fissures but also thrush in deep lateral and/or central sulci in the frog can lead to more severe diseases in the hoof. The cause of these problems is an unphysiological hoof condition which often results from inadequate hoof trimming. Thus you find here exemplary cases where hoof orthopedics stopped these degenerative processes in an early stage and prevented the hooves from developing more severe problems.

Contracted heels with thrush in central sulcus

Promotion of thrush in contracted heels When a hoof becomes too narrow in the heels, thrush can develop more easily in the frog. The frog and the lamina underneath become constricted and the sulci can become deep and narrow which creates a breeding ground for thrush-causing bacteria. Aside from proper stall/paddock hygiene the solution [...]


The first photos show the result of improper hoof care after laminitis 6 years prior: hoof wall in the toe cannot carry any load because it has been removed, lamellae are stretched and exposed, the hoof is too flat, the horse stumbles often, frequent hoof abscesses. Trimming intervals: 2 weeks in the beginnig, later 4 [...]


Background: This horse developed canker in 1997 in the left front hoof. Shortly after, all 4 hooves were infected with canker. The years before hoof orthopedic treatment can be described in short by the following: The horse was treated by: 5 different veterinarians 2 naturopaths 3 hoof care practitioners/farriers When the treatment by the [...]