Does the Strasser Method work for me?

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Does the Strasser Method work for me?

Postby tkaiser on Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:15 pm

I have heard from a person who tried the Strasser approach, but it didn't work for her. What are the chances for this to happen to me?

There are many factors that influence the success of transition to barefoot using The Strasser MethodTM. Each case must be assessed individually by answering the following questions:
    1. Was the hoofcare provider a qualified Strasser Hoofcare ProfessionalTM (SHP)?

    Only individuals holding a current SHP status can lawfully apply The Strasser MethodTM. Please check on the website of your National Office or for the latest list. Dr. Strasser maintains a high level of standard among SHP's. In addition to the initial extensive training to become an SHP, quality is enforced by a yearly re-certification process and continuing education. The SHP is responsible for educating the owner on her role to support the transition, assessing the living conditions, trim frequency, and progress made during the transition, properly documented with photos and notes.

    2. Was the healing supported adequately during the transition?

    SHP's and horse owners must work together to support healing. SHP's are not miracle workers; trimming is only part of the equation. The goal of correct trimming is to produce a ground parallel coffin bone and hoof mechanism. This must be done as frequently as necessary, sometimes as often as twice a week. Other factors for healing are:
      * daily soaking,
      * continuous movement over firm, level terrain, and
      * nutrition.
    The horse owner is responsible to insure that these needs are met. If any one of these factors is not present, healing will be impaired or even prevented.

    3. Was healing supported long enough for the horse to become sound?

    In addition to the many variables that affect the timeframe for healing, the amount of damage present at the beginning of the transition is one of the greatest influences. There are some cases where the hooves have so much damage that restoration of full usability may not be possible. These are likely to be your long-term chronic founder or long-term shod horse, where a considerable amount of coffin bone has been lost. Additionally there are cases where internal organs are over-taxed due to the damaging effects of shoeing, stall-keeping, and chemical cocktails to manage pain. Careful assessment of the health of the horse is an important step before starting The Strasser MethodTM. The goal for a horse with relatively healthy internal organs is to restore, as quickly as possible, hoof mechanism, and complete suspension of the coffin bone in a ground-parallel position. This can require at least one hoof capsule re-growth.

    An owner's commitment to stay with the process until healing is complete is vital to success.
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