Testimonials8 November 2022 2023-04-02 18:34
Ben Benson UK
I was fortunate to be one of the first Farriery businesses to get a Hoofbeat system in the UK. It has triggered a huge change in the way that I saw biomechanics and the system has helped me enormously to both document and understand what effects I was able to make or not make. It’s also an amazing tool to be able to both describe and document what the horse is actually doing rather than relying on a varying or subjective opinion.
I use this on all my remedial cases so I can objectively benchmark them at each shoeing cycle or when we are looking at how we can best manage injuries or how we can help improve a horses gait from a performance point shoeing point.
Hoofbeat has given me the tools to begin opening a door on the insight of biomechanics and gives factual feedback as to what that looks like and how effective I as a practitioner can be. I wouldn’t want to be without it!
Ben Benson AWCF DipWCF ATF CEF Master Farrier.
Liam James NZ
Hoofbeat is something I had been toying with purchasing for a wee while as I had seen the data it provides, for me objective data to work from while shoeing horses is one of the greatest tools I have.
Since purchasing werkman black it has improved the outcome of my shoeing package for each individual horse to no end.
A large percent of the horses I shoe are sport horses with the majority being show jumpers, I always strive for achieving Boney column alignment and werkmand black proves that by achieving this the horse is a lot more comfortable through landing, mid stance and breakover phase and generally I get more out of my swing phase with a longer more even stride, ultimately improving performance.
I have a lot of referral work for lameness/soundness issues and most of the time it stems from a toe down landing with no loading of the caudal hoof, by adding caudal support and gaining Boney column alignment HOOFBEAT shows that a within a few strides the horse is back to heel first landing with a significant increase in caudal loading, without HOOFBEAT this would all be guess work as the human eye just can’t register things moving that quickly.
HOOFBEAT is the greatest tool in my tool kit and I don’t leave the house without it
Marco Garcia ESP
HOOFBEAT offers me, as a professional vet-farrier, a wide range of possibilities. Firstly, it offers an excellent graphic representation which allows, not only to see different parameters of the hoof from different perspectives (landing, break over, swing, timings…), but also speed them up or slow them down, amongst other options. Secondly, it is an interesting assessment tool due to the objective measurements provided (landing and breakover times, stride high, length, percentage difference between stance phases…); even more, it can synthesize a lot of information in few seconds. This is why it is a fantastic teaching tool. Furthermore, all those features mentioned above help me to improve the relation and communication with my clients and with other colleagues.
On top of that, HOOFBEAT provides a better understanding of my own daily job helping me to do self-assessment. In fact, this tool lets me dissociate from other farriers and vets, which improves my brand equity providing a new perpective of our profession. Last but not least, I consider it as an electronic assessment device with great potential due to its endless possibilities, which allow it to be a perfect tool for researching.
Signed by: Jaime Marco-García, LV, DVM, Msc, MRCVS
Mark Jerram UK
It is a dream to have as many diagnostic options available for the horses I get to work with. This horse with sidebone and navicular suspensory injury has been assessed by radiography, MRI, Metron, AI Gait Analysis and Hoofbeat sensor based gait analysis. This allows a thorough insight into the static and dynamic characteristics of a pathology and a subsequent shoeing plan formulated.
Another one, just cause this week has been so EPIC
A talented Dressage horse with a very hypertrophic psoas muscle group. In humans, in some Oriental philosophies the psoas is known as the “muscle of the soul,” a major powerhouse of the body. It is the deepest, most stabilizing muscle in the human body, which affects our structural balance, width of movement, joint mobility and functioning of the abdominal organs.
In the horse, the Psoas sit deep beneath the lumbar and attach at the pelvis and inner thigh at the femur. Throughout collection, especially during canter work this muscle works very intensely.
The Psoas muscles are core muscles instrumental in hip flexion, spine stabilization, rounding of the lumbar and tipping of the pelvis in concurrence with the abdominal muscles. Combined with thrust from the hind leg they assist in bringing the forehand up off the ground and aid in the engagement and collection.
A whopping 13 cm stride length improvement and a 4cm lift in the weaker hind leg
Cannot wait to continue to work with dedicated owners like this.
Tyler Raymer USA
Top level FEI horse presented with a quarter crack left front. @hoof.beat analysis showed medial landing. Changed load in the shoeing package and horse was instantly more comfortable in his gait.
Jeremy Stanley Ireland – Germany
In 1878, the argument of how a horse gallops was finally proven definitively by photography. One hundred and ten years before I was born. That is not such a long time, when we look at the history of horse shoeing.
I started my apprenticeship in the eighties, and it’s been a learning curve ever since. “Every day is a school day”. My mentors were very traditionally driven. Farriers were judged by their forging and shoe making abilities.
Through advances in modern technology, veterinary diagnosis has changed drastically. Farriers need to embrace this modern technology, and pull our profession out of the Iron Age.
Hoof Beats is an amazing technology which can document the stride in each phase. With this data, we can interpret anomalies in stride patterns on both hard and soft ground.
For the last 5 years, I have worked in conjunction with Paul Schockemöhle here at his performance stable’s in Mühlen, Germany. We have been using Hoof Beats technology for the past year and applying it to our shoeing plan, to balance the movement of the horse.
Wayne Turner- Australia
One of the more annoying sayings I get told, generally by trimmers/farriers who have no data or evidence to support their argument is, ‘the horse will show/tell us what’s right!’
Whilst in theory this is correct, but in reality it just does not work that way.
Humans, in most cases, just lack the awareness to pick up subtle changes in horses incl posture, behaviour, movement & performance.
In a study by Dr Sue Dyson, she found that out of 506 sport horses examined, 238 were found to be lame. So 47% of horses lame by evaluation that had not been picked up by the owners, riders, trainers etc
We often find differences in vet assessments, where they do not pick up certain asymmetries in a horses movement that show up as a significant asymmetry when using our EquiGait system.
And we have shown time & again when using Werkman Black that farriers, trimmers, vets, trainers & owners cannot see subtle changes &/or differences in landing, loading, swing phase etc
So many times we have taken over barefoot horses who are obviously stepping short, or shod horses where the horse has significant postural adaptations etc, yet there’s been no attempt at intervention.
Talking to the client, they are often unaware of these issues & when discussed they state their trimmer/farrier had never mentioned the issues.
We have on numerous occasions taken over horses thst are significantly NPA in the feet, with obvious signs, which had gone totally unnoticed by the hoof. Care provider. Otherwise, would they not try to correct the issue?
Sadly, most of us are not good at seeing/feeling the subtle signs of discomfort, & visually humans are just not good at evaluating faster moving objects!
As much as many tell us they can, we as hoof care providers are not able to see subtle changes to the feet, posture &/or movement of our clients horses. Much of this is to go with the fact we have not seen the horse for several weeks, have worked on many horses since & have no baseline data to work from.
It’s for these reasons PES gathers accurate & objective baseline data, incl podiatry photos & xrays, Hoofbeat data EquiGait gait analysis. This allows us to compare future data & be more objective in evaluating changes, be them positive or negative.
Cause whilst a blanket statement about horses telling us what’s correct may be right, the problem is our lack of ability to detect these positive or negative changes!!
Jan Willem Gerritsen NL
I have been working in farriery for over 23 years and my main focus is on orthopedics. I mainly work in collaboration with Dr. Robrecht vanHoutte at horseclinic Buitenzorg in Bemmel, The Netherlands.
HOOFBEAT Provides us with a lot of extra information about the horses’s movement pattern and the recovery process of various injuries.
In my work outside the clinic, where I don’t have X-rays availabke, Hoofbeat helps me to get a closer look into the ideal balance of the horse, Especially when the conformation of the leg is different than the outside suggest.
Hoofbeat supports my craftmanship and helps me to dubble check my work. Hoofbeat helps to recognize injuries earlier when measuring repeatedly.