Andrew Poynton’s skill as a remedial farrier combined with his Imprint mouldable
shoe system has worked miracles with our 28 year old Lipizzaner gelding suffering
severe laminitis with pedal bone rotation. In doing so Andrew has saved not one but
two horses, as we do not believe his 34 year old Lipizzaner ‘buddy’ would have survived
the separation. Andrew’s approach is radical, confident and caring. He is honest
and straightforward in his appraisal, and was, in our case, the only professional
prepared to tackle this difficult case.
We were introduced to Andrew and the Poynton Farriery Clinic at the “11th hour” and
only wish we had used the Imprint system immediately following diagnosis of laminitis.
We would therefore recommend the use of Imprint shoes as soon as possible to ensure
early stabilisation, reduced trauma and hopefully rapid recovery from laminitis.
We cannot recommend Andrew more highly to all caring horse owners.
Keith & Dee Talbott
A year ago I had a horse who, it was discovered, had abscesses in all four of his
rather flat, TB-type feet. Try poulticing that lot for a fortnight!
There then followed six months of remedial shoeing which did not suit the horse and
he was still pottery and miserable, totally unable to follow the showing and dressage
career for which he was destined.
Towards the end of this period I had been discussing with my farrier the possibility
of trying Imprint shoeing and we agreed that Andrew Poynton should be asked to assess
On each of his visits Andrew was scrupulous in working on the balance of the front
feet, discussing his findings and recommendations with my own farrier, who joined
him at each visit, and who was experienced in carrying out Imprint shoeing for customers
When the first pair of shoes were glued on, I should imagine Ryan would have thought
he was wearing bedroom slippers and, by completion of the second visit, he was already
so much more comfortable in his feet. I was hacking him out and he was beginning
to show a lovely length of stride in walk, the like of which I had forgotten he possessed!
Within weeks I was able to try a flatwork lesson, and my instructor and others who
saw him working could not believe the lovely stride, the forwardness, and the lack
of spookiness and arguing, which we now realise were ways of trying to get out of
working on his painful feet.
After five shoeing’s I now have my lovely young horse doing the things I had always
thought he was capable of. He is competing successfully in showing and dressage,
and is a delight to ride and handle, bright and cheerful with enthusiasm written
all over his face.
As a bonus, the shoes never show signs of wearing out and would probably stay on
for longer than the five week intervals that Ryan has been shod, and I have absolutely
no doubt that Imprint shoes and the expertise behind them have been the saving of
To use a favourite expression of Andrew's... Very much a "Happy Horse".