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Barney - continued at home

Arrived September 2021 - EMS and Chronic Laminitis 

Age: 20

Breed: Welsh Section D

Height: 14.3hh

Medical Issues: - Chronic Laminitis, EMS, Cushings

Barney upon arrival in September 2021:


First Hoof Update - January 2022:


Barney has been with us roughly 3 months now for Rehab. He first arrived with boots and pads, and spent a short period of time in our smallest track with the more compromised members of our livery. He is now a member of Herd 2 and will stay with this herd until the end of his Rehab. 

He is undergoing his Rehabilitation as we speak so we will update you along the way. As you can see so far, he has had some new growth at the top which has grown in since being with us, at the correct healing angle. We will continue with a barefoot trim, a species appropriate diet and lots of movement to grow the laminitis out. On the image below, you can see the red arrows show event lines where something occurred that then compromised the hoof. This could be a change in diet, environment, medication etc.


Second Hoof Update - February/March 2022:

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Body Update - April 2022:

Barney has now lost his fat pads along his bum, shoulders and neck that can be seen in the first arrival photo above. Whilst rehabilitating horses with Laminitis and EMS, we often find they lose their fat pads and then appear quite scrawny with no real muscle.  Now he has lost said fat pads, we will work on Barney gaining some healthy weight (fat pad free) on a low sugar, low potassium, high fibre diet whilst he also builds up some muscle as well on track. 

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Third Hoof Update - May 2022:

A combination of before and after trim pictures on the same day. 

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Fourth Hoof Update - June 2022:

A combination of before and after trim photos on the same day.

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Body Update - June 2022:

Barney is making great progress and so we will continue to work on building up some muscle. 

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Hoof Update - July 2022:


Body Update - August 2022:

We can now see some more muscular changes in Barney, specifically a more defined shoulder and bottom area as well as an improved top line.

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Hoof Update - September 2022:

The missing chunk you can see was originally a small split of old Laminitis and dead hoof (see circled image) and behind the crack was an old abscess. A combination of the split growing down with Barney's progress and the amount of new growth achieved this month has meant the hoof has self trimmed and took the affected chunk off with it. It doesn't look particularly pretty but it is a completely normal part of rehabbing horses. Barney is on a 4 week trim cycle.

Before trim:

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After trim:


Final Update - September 2022:

After a year in our care, Barney has left us to return to his owners in France. They have been advised to continue with his programme in order to maintain his current weight, metabolic status and hoof health.

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"I highly recommend PB livery to anyone struggling with their horses health. Our 2, Gus and Barney have been there for almost 12 months now. Barney was suffering with chronic laminitis EMS and PPID. I struggled for months to manage his symptoms but needed to get him off grass completely. The move to PB was the best decision and I believe it saved Barneys life, he began to rapidly recover in their care, you can check out his story on their page or website. They have also helped our other horse Gus with his extreme anxiety and social issues, track life benefits all horses in my opinion! PB have gone above and beyond for my horses and I couldn’t be more thankful. They have taught us so much that we will be able to carry on when the boys come home. Amazing people at the leading edge of holistic horse care, 5 stars is not enough! Thank you to all at PB!" - Barney and Gus's owners, Kelly and Leanne

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