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Maintaining Ringbone: Minnow tries Ground Control Shoes | The Trick Ponies of Chincoteague

Maintaining Ringbone: Minnow tries Ground Control Shoes

In January I took Minnow back to New Bolton Center to have his diagnosis of Ringbone reassessed after being treated 5 years earlier. Without too much hope we were left to experiment with different types of shoeing in the hopes of maybe making Minnow a little bit more comfortable in the coming years.

Minnow Gets Ground Control Shoes // Ringbone // Painting Pony

Minnow Gets Ground Control Shoes // Ringbone // Painting Pony

I decided to test out the Ground Control Shoes with Minnow first, to see if they might take away some of his pain. Some of the key points I had read about the Ground Control Shoes are:

Minnow Gets Ground Control Shoes // Ringbone // Painting Pony

Minnow Gets Ground Control Shoes // Ringbone // Painting Pony

Feeling hopeful I made sure to take videos of Minnow prior to having the shoes put on and then again 2 weeks after wearing them.

After having Minnow wear the Ground Control Shoes for almost 4 weeks I’ve decided that they haven’t benefited him significantly – if anything he might be a tad worse than he was when barefoot.

Minnow Gets Ground Control Shoes // Ringbone // Painting Pony

So next shoeing they will be removed and we will try something else – I think a rocker type shoe.

Minnow Gets Ground Control Shoes // Ringbone // Painting Pony

I think the ground control shoes could probably work for some horses – depending on what you need them for, but for Minnow’s situation it’s just not enough of a benefit to warrant spending the money to have them put on every month.

So onto the next shoeing experiment!

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