Photo: Movement assessment on soft surface: Rockley Farm - Barefoot Performance & Hoof Rehabilitation
After about four hours of journey in a swift little horsebox, Kingsley, Pauline, Annette and I arrived at what I can only describe as one of the most picturesque set ups I have ever seen. It's safe to say I am now totally in love with Devon countryside.
Here is our journey in pictures:
And here is a little video report from the day. We were greeted at Rockley Farm by Nic, Andy and some stunning Hungarian Vizlas (plus a hound puppy! :)
Kingsley stepped down the ramp as if he was making these sort of journeys every day. He travelled fantastically and was so quiet we even wondered if he was there at all!
We let him have a little look around before taking him for some rest in a large stable with haylage which he promptly started to eat.
After a cup of tea and a chat in Nic's house (which has the views to die for) we went for a walk on the Tracks (to read more on what the Tracks do and how they help in hoof rehab please read Nic's explanation plus photos on here: http://rockleyfarm.blogspot.com/2010/09/tracks.html)
Once we finished the tour of the fields and Tracks we came back to the stables to put Kingsley through variety of movement evaluations.
1) This one was filmed to observe the general balance, the way the feet land on the ground, length of stride etc I videoed alongside Nic, the proper footage will be available on her website.
2) Trot Up on the hard surface (still in shoes)
3) Movement Assessment on the soft surface: Walk
4) Movement Assessment on the soft surface: Trot
Then the shoes went off:
And Kingsley was allowed to roam free on the Track for the first time:
Once he had a little look and a bit of a sniff around he got to meet Felix, the top man in the herd. They settled well into haylage munching. He was to be introduced to the rest of the herd one by one later and on Sunday morning.
Kingsley didn't just eat - he decided that exploring the surrounding is the ting to do. The water container is situated on top of the undulation covered with peat gravel so the horses have to put some effort into their daily whereabouts. I think he will like this!
We departed totally sure we did the right thing taking little man all this way. I will be updating you all on his progress and I hope to see Kingsley more comfortable on his own feet some time soon.
Even if Kingsley's problems are way beyond the navicular syndrome/disease I am sure rehabilitating his hooves is still the best way to go if he is to ever become sound.
For more videos of Kingsley please visit my You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/equestriancoach1