Equine Podiatry Creative Solutions

• Lameness      • Nutrition      • Education

Equine Podiatry Creative Solutions partners with your local team, horse owner, veterinarian and hoof care provider to resolve difficult cases and optimize performance for all horse disciplines worldwide.

Company Profile

EPC Solutions is a dedicated team of experienced, qualified professionals utilizing over 100+ years combined work and life experience in areas of equine podiatry technology, nutrition, farriery and veterinary support. We provide quality, solutions-oriented consultations that are efficiently implemented and affordable within the  average horse owner's financial reach. We offer clients independent consultations as well as second opinions and reviews.  We also offer to work closely together with your local team members.

Company Vision

Our Company Vision aspires to raise the bar in equine distal limb hoof health by offering up
meaningful solutions. We also believe strongly in development of credible education modules that support the diverse hoof care industry and various health providers.  We apply  forward thinking to help advance the art & science of hoof care. We test and measure the weight of tried and true traditional thought and technique against latest current research, studies out in the field and develop tangible protocols that are repeatable and valid. 

Company Mission

Our mission is to improve the horse's quality of life across all
disciplines to reduce or arrest progressive and inflammatory changes in the lower distal limb Our goal is to restore horses to a more comfortable existence, increased health and vitality to realize their working potential or enjoy improved quality of life. We encourage all of equine industry to adopt a preventive, pro-active approach to better recognize and identify various unsoundness' thereby reducing reactionary coping situations detrimental to horses. 

  • "EPC Solutions is a team of exceptionally talented and competent
    equine podiatry professionals.

    Their attention to detail, analytical accuracy, and creative solutions
    to gain bio-mechanical advantage working with difficult, pathological hoof cases
    have proven a valuable resource to our centre.

    I would highly recommend their services to farriers & veterinarians."

    Martin Kenny, CJF, AFA Certification Examiner 1985-1989
    Founder, The Hoof Redevelopment Center, Carthage, North Carolina, USA

  • "EPC Solutions has excellent understanding of horses' hoof-related issues;
    keeps current with the latest techniques and research; works well with
    farriers and veterinarians to analyze and measure digital hoof x-rays;
    gives excellent advice for equine feeding programs.

    This team was responsible for saving my horse from
    becoming a "pasture ornament".   This horse is now blossoming
    into a performance horse, currently training and showing Prix St. George.

    Learn about new evolving research from EPC Solutions. Your horse will thank you!"

    Cathy Gordon, CEO Kicking Horse Media Web Design & Development Inc.

  • "EPC Solutions was extremely helpful with my horse. I contacted Sylvia Kornherr on
    a recommendation from a friend, because I had been having a lot of
    trouble helping my horse to gain weight. Before the visit, I filled out an
    extensive questionnaire about his health history and activity level.

    On the first visit, she did a full assessment of his body weight and condition,
    his feet, his current diet, and a hay analysis. Then she sent me a full report
    detailing what she had observed during the visit, explanations for his difficulty
    with weight gain, and exact recommendations for what to feed him.

    Over the next few months I followed those recommendations,
    and I saw great improvements in his weight and musculature.

    I was also able to discuss his progress with Sylvia, in order for her to fine tune
    his diet, and provide further recommendations. I highly recommend her services!"

    Isabelle Williams, Ottawa, ON

  • "Before taking the farrier course, I thought I knew a lot about horses.

    I quickly realized how much I still had to learn.  From anatomy to understanding bio-mechanics and studying the horses’ movements to basic nutritional needs.  

    This course covers it all. But it doesn’t stop there: the continued support and sharing of new information helps to keep me on my toes as I “forge” into this new career.  Well worth it!!!"

    Jeff Vigneault, Quebec, Canada
    Farrier at Balanced Hoof Care

  • "I attended the seminar Sylvia presented to the Ottawa Valley Hunt Club.
    Sylvia is obviously very knowledgeable and passionate
    about her research in the field of hoof care, nutrition and vet care.

    I and the other attendees, many being backyard horse owners
    were looking for information and tools to increase our knowledge
    to improve the lives and health of our horses.

    The presentation and delivery of her power point presentation was easy to understand
    - all in an environment that encouraged questions and empowered us
    to continue our own research to improve the well being of the horses we love.

    I highly recommend attending one of Sylvia’s seminars.
    The information she offers is invaluable."

    Sue Browning, ON, Canada

Did You Know?

Top Ten Key Facts:  The Horse

● Equine lameness is prevalent around the world. Laminitis remains the number 2 cause of death in horses worldwide.

● Colic has now been better identified and can have systemic repercussions affecting the laminae of the horse's hoof.

● Hind gut disturbances in micro-flora also known as hindgut lactic acidosis from high fructan and carb diets,  shifts in diet, stress, or from antibiotic use contributes to these shifts in micro-bacteria that can affect lamellar degradation in the hoof.

● Ulcers are very common in the domesticated horse. This can affect performance, behaviour, appetite and colonic ulcers can compromise the intestinal lining allowing toxins to cross into the blood stream affecting lamellar weakening in the hoof.

● Mal-alignment of the phalangeal bones of P1, P2 and P3, also known as broken back bony column alignment creates stressors on the bone joints. The long toe, under run heel causes excessive bone concussion from toe first landing, development of ringbone and sidebone is prevalent and pain in the caudal parts of the foot occurs with inflammation in the navicular area from excess friction with the DDFT tendon.

● Pain in the distal limb can cause a contracture also known as a club foot.

●  Therapeutic shoeing and pre-formed engineered shoes on the market today give us an opportunity to relieve and support many pathological areas on the hoof and restore the horse to comfort levels, often with a return to performance.

● The majority of hoof cracks can be related back to poor hoof symmetry and balance and can be arrested and grown out with proper foot care.

● Thrush is a prevalent condition worldwide that destroys the integrity of the back part of the foot and causes significant frog pain. It often penetrates into the internal soft tissue structures. The result is a horse that avoids landing heel first or buckles at the fetlock despite a good trim.

● Mud fever aka; scratches, greasy heel- is often a sign of compromised immune health from poorly balanced nutrition. Skin lesions such as mud fever often resolve in horses that are diagnosed with PPID and placed on medication (pergolide).

Top Five Key Facts:  Hind Limbs

● Most lameness evaluations NO NOT include podiatry x-rays of the hind feet yet many fore limb lameness' or potentials for breakdown result from sore hind feet shifting excess weight to the front end.

● Long toes on hind feet exaggerate lumbar rounding and while it's a quick fix for performance rounding of the back, it strains the back combined with the unnatural bony column alignment in the hooves, resulting in pathology and eventual break down of the horse.

● Long pointy toes ill-perceived as "purchase" create hoof pathology and predispose the hoof capsule to migrate forward.

● Migrated hoof capsules lose palmar angle, create soft tissue inflammation, not just within the hoof capsule but demonstrates as sore stifle, sore hock, lumber sacral back pain and can cause irritability and other upper body unsoundness from compensation.

● Podiatry X-ray and Metron analysis of hind feet and farrier prescription provide optimal information to correct hoof avulsions. Creating hind limb comfort and optimizing locomotion results in reduced loading of the forehand and better self carriage, developing a correct posture.

Top Five Key Facts:  Nutrition and Turnout

● Studies show the feral horse eats over 20 different foodstuffs, native gramanoids (dispersed grasses), forbes (flowering plants), shrubs(leaves and branches) as the main food groups dependent on their environment and the seasonal changes. The only common denominator a domesticated horse eats is grass and water, but domesticated pasture grass is far denser and 3x the sugar levels. A 500kg grazing horse will eat around 50 kg of grass, hence consume around 2 kg or 2000g of sugar every day and an equivalent consumption of hay – around 11.5kg – will provide 1kg or 1000g of sugar.

● More studies are pointing to the relational development of Insulin resistance, known as IR, PPID known as Cushings and general metabolic syndrome dysfunction in correlation to the domestic diet.

● Studies examining the distance travelled by domesticated horses placed in an open turnout area - a paddock measuring   100 x 50 meters versus the paradise paddock design of same size, showed that the average mean daily distance travelled was highest for the open paddock design.

● Horses are generally underfed their protein- amino acid requirements per day.

● Encapsulated probiotics can enhance the digestion of nutrients, bolstering the immune system and supporting a tight mucosal lining of the intestinal wall to keep toxins from seeping through into the blood stream.

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