Case Studies

Examples of real-world results using The EponaShoe.

Case #1: Kiwi

Intermittent Lameness

Over the course of four shoeings with the EponaShoe, Kiwi's hoof conformation and soundness improved. Click on the thumbnail images below to see enlargements. Here's the important thing to look for: With skilled trimming and taking advantage of the caudal support offered by the EponaShoe, the heel support points are moved back, and the heels expand somewhat. If you think this was done at the expense of hoof-angle, look at the lateral radiographs -- the hoof (as measured by the angle of P3) becomes more upright even as the heel support is moved back and widened. Also, angulation of the P1, P2 bones improved.

"Just wanted to let you know how much I loved the plastic shoes. Kiwi, as you know was lame and I was having all kinds of problems with her. I took her to the vet with no satisfaction, but when we put your shoes on her she was so much better. I remember walking her around after she got her new shoes on and she was so visibly out of pain. Right then and there I was convinced that I had made the right decision. Thank you so much for all of your help, information, and for showing Dennis the farrier how to best use your product. We all benefited, but Kiwi, I would say, was the one who benefited the most. She is most grateful to be out of pain." --- Suzanne DiSanti, Owner, CA.

Case #2: Boris

Under-run Heels
Boris is a thoroughbred with a history of low under-run heels. The traditional remedy - the wedge pad - never got him out of the syndrome, the wedge pad just promoted continued crushing of the heels. Click on the image below to see a "morph" of how his foot changed once we got rid of the metal shoe and wedge pad and put him in glued-on EponaShoes. Watch where the point of support at the heel is before and after. This morph was made from two images taken only 3 months apart...
Boris wore glued-on plastic shoes for the last 13 years of his long life. He was ridden almost every day up to age 28, and recently passed away at age 29.
Case #3: T

Low Heels, Flat Pedal Bone
This horse has a natural tendency to have a "low heel" which of course affects the positioning of the P3 bone and navicular bone. With judicious shoe placement and use of glue we have been making improvements to the configuration of the bones within the hoof. With the EponaShoe and our packing, this horse's P3 is now well supported.

In the images below (provided by are composites which show the bones (from radiographs) combined with digital photos of the hoof. This technique provides an accurate view as to where the bones are relative to the hoof.

Case #4: Warmblood

Founder / Laminitis

This horse's hoof had a "dead" look and feel after an episode of laminitis. Getting the foot out of the metal shoe, and into the flexible EponaShoe helped to get the hoof back in shape. it is believed that the rigid metal shoe impairs the normal circulation of nutrient-bearing blood in the hoof. The images below show the changes that occured in 6 months. This horse is now under saddle again.

Case #7: Dressage

Longterm Use of Glue On Shoes

We first put this dressage horse in plastic shoes in mid 2002 and the horse has been sound and in glued-on plastic shoes for 8 years now. The owner says she'll never go back to metal! The upper picture is from 2002 and the lower one is from 2005.

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