Our little welsh pony Peri suffered from laminitis. He could only walk with great
difficulty and a lot of pain. The vet from the George Equine Clinic contacted Mr
Poynton who has developed the Imprint Foot Care Treatment.
A severe foot trimming was needed, then the plastic shoes were fitted. We could not
believe the improvement, he could walk, trot and buck.
He was full of himself.
We are so indebted with the time and care Mr Poynton took with Peri and we can not
thank him enough.
Mr and Mrs B Tidd
Peri testing his first
pair of Imprints!
Andrew, You very kindly fitted Imprint shoes to our little section b, 'Vicky' on
22nd December at Harris Croft, Wootton Bassett.
I cannot even begin to tell you the change in this pony... paired with her new Bedmax
bed instead of straw, soaked hay instead of haylege and no rugs, you'd be hard pushed
to recognise the crippled sad pony you met! She has been off her 'Metacam' painkiller
for over a week now, after me decreasing it slowly. She has hardly any crest, and
what is there is soft and floppy, her fat pads on her rump have gone! BUT....my concern
is, (and what a lovely concern to have!!) is that there's just NO stopping her.
She was trying to escape from her stable 2 days after you did her feet, she's now
at the point of being walked out everyday, albeit for only short periods of time,
and I have built this up daily. But if let loose in the sand school, she bucks and
rears like stink and generally hoons around, so now she is kept firmly on her lead
rein but is a tank.
I owe it to… Andrew Poynton
"He has always had problems with a quarter crack in one of his front feet. It got
to the point where there was nothing to nail a metal shoe to, so I suggested to my
farrier that he fit nailless plastic shoes," said Sonia Mayne, after her gelding
Rivaldi won two freestyles at Oldencraig.
"However, Rivaldi found them so slippery he fell over so I took him to see the shoe
designer." Remedial farrier and managing director of Imprint Equine Foot Care, Andrew
Poynton, soon had the problem sussed.
"Rivaldi has the kind of small, deep, front feet you sometimes find in warmbloods
that allow the hoof to twist under at the heel at the point of greatest stress and
can cause splitting. I used structural adhesive and flexible repair material of similar
elasticity and weight as hoof horn to deal with the split before reshoeing him.
The new shoe lifts and widens the inner side of the foot to enable balanced footfall
and even weight bearing. I used Imprint Sport shoes which have fullering, and put
in tungsten pins for extra grip.”
“More than 600 people have attended our fitting courses, but many qualified farriers
successfully use them by following instructions and video demonstration on our website.
Each box of shoes includes a précis of instructions to refer to.
Oldencraig, 15 January 2011, included elementary and medium performances by Sonia
Mayne and Rivaldi, the nine-year-old 17.1hh Rotspon gelding. They scored 71.87% and
Extracts reproduced courtesyHorse & Hound magazine 27 January 2011
Sonia Mayne credits her remedial farrier for Rivaldi’s ‘dancing shoes’
Last Autumn my mare competed in hunter trials, intro level one day events and show
jumped – not bad for a 22 year old who went lame aged 18 with foot pain!
I have owned her since she was 7 years old and she has always had poor feet which
are small, prone to cracking, sensitive to stones and very slow growing. My farrier
did a great job shoeing her for many years and she has lead a busy life and stayed
sound until she was 18. That summer she just ran out of foot to nail into, she had
mediolateral imbalances and her heels were sore. Nerve blocks and xrays proved the
pain was in the feet and there was no evidence of arthritis, so my farrier directed
me to Andrew for Imprint shoes.
She was sound after the first shoeing with Imprint Sport shoes, which can be specially
built up to cater for her imbalances and cracked hoof wall. She has worn these shoes
in front ever since and has had no further foot lameness. She has continued to be
active, doing a great variety of activities with no special consideration paid to
her shoes or feet. She lives out and I find the shoes last slightly longer than steel
shoes. She doesn't lose shoes prematurely, even if its muddy. Previously I had tried
feeding and applying a great variety of supplements and hoof treatments, all of which
were unsuccessful in correcting her poor hoof wall. Now she has strong hoof wall
horn under the Imprint shoes with no cracking and a little bit of heel growth. She
strides out confidently over stony ground and negotiates downward slopes now with
I think without these shoes my mare would have been retired four years ago, but as
it is she is still going strong and will continue to be shod this way.
I would like to add, that at no time has she showed any signs of being either footy
or stiff after these events!
She is moving back home here with me where we have a field shelter and hard turnout
in the winter so she can come and go all day as she pleases and restricted turnout
in the summer which will be perfect for her. Her metabolic tests are being done on
Tuesday but neither the vet or myself think it will show anything, but I feel I need
it ruled out.
Once again, we cannot thank you enough for the work you have done with Vicky, and
bearing in mind I'd asked the vet to put her down the night before.... My little
boy thinks she's had totally new legs as she's so much quicker than she was!!!
We will keep you up to date with her progress... tonight she dragged me around the
yard and school!!!
Just a very quick update on 'Vicky' the pony.... I have attached a second set of
X-rays I had done in preparation for her Imprints to come off... I hope you have
my previous mail with the original set on, as already, a difference can be seen!!!
Also, pony and jockey are in FULL work, she’s grazing in small amounts and loving
life! Kristian is coming Thursday to remove the Imprints so keeping everything crossed....
many thanks again for everything you did for Vicky... we really are so grateful.
My horse's hoof walls had crumbled badly and I was advised to stop riding him ...
Andrew used his incredible expertise and very impressive materials to achieve a highly
successful reconstruction. As a result I was able to start riding again immediately.
My horse's feet had fully recovered within 3 months. I could not be more delighted
and appreciative of Andrew's skills.