June has worked wonders for my sweet fellow Finn! When he came to live with me several years ago, he was a chronic founder/IR with dreadfully flat, thin-soled hooves. He had been barehoof for most of his 11 years with a "pasture trim". Finn was pasture sound, but that was about it. I went through several types of boots, soaked his hay to leach out the sugars, kept him on a drylot, exercised him daily, but until I found June, nothing changed. He remained sore on any terrain except soft pasture. When June started trimming him, she was very patient with his hooves- here a little and there a little. Over time, we noticed some big changes happening with Finn. It has taken a while, many many months, but today he has beautiful compact upright hooves that dance away on any surface they touch, hard and rocky, FREE FROM BOOTS!!! He is sound now after each trim, he is out on pasture 24/7 with a muzzle, enjoying life as a horse should. Finn and I are so thankful for June.
Note from June: Finn is a poster child for hoof improvement. Not all horses respond so well so quickly. The reasons for Finn's success are probably: 1) regular trimming (every 6-8 weeks); 2) a feeding regime customized for an IR (insulin-resistant) horse; 3) turnout on rocky ground; 4) exercise; 5) possibly some genetic factors; and 6) who knows!