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The Imprint Journey Part 2.


By AnDreW poynTon FWCF


Continuing his story of the development of thermoplastic shoes, Andrew Poynton describes his motivation, development of the range and the training his company provides.


MoTIVATIon


If the whole project was an attempt to get- rich-quick, then we failed! My motivation for this enterprise was a by-product of my interest in innovation, resolving problematic shoeing issues and progressing farriery. My thinking was ‘Wouldn’t it be selfish to keep this all to myself? Many horses could benefit from this.’ More than 15 years later I’m glad we did what we did. I know there is something addictive about horseshoeing, but what I particularly get a buzz from is being able to visit a horse that’s in pain and doing something useful to alleviate the pain and help it towards recovery. It’s great to see the body language change when a horse or pony goes from feeling tight, sore and depressed to relaxed and interested in life again, even cheeky.


eVIDenCe-BASeD FArrIery


To begin with, I fitted quite a number of my early shoes, refining them as I went, although the basic concept has not changed. every piece of work has been documented, first on paper and then stored digitally. each case report contains the patient and client details,


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the ugly are all recorded. Additionally, the cases are all recorded photographically, also now stored digitally.


As well as my interest in ‘evidence-based farriery’, I had great fun trialling diverse materials for structural strength and durability when developing the Imprint Sport Shoe. We now have a shoe that matches steel for wear, and yet moves with the hoof and significantly reduces concussion. I have fitted thousands of these shoes and documented every one.


TrAInIng


IMprInT Sole WITh IMprInT SporT FITTeD


farrier and veterinary information, x- rays (if relevant), the condition the patient was being treated for, treatment, result, materials and methods, plus time and interval between treatments. This procedure is carried out until the case is resolved. The good, the bad and


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With a new concept shoe and an application technique that only I was familiar with, we set up Imprint training – one-day courses aimed at equipping farriers and vets with the knowledge and skills to competently fit the shoes to laminitics. The skills predominantly lie with the farriers, as we know this is an art that takes time to master. Many progressive farriers and interested vets took us up on the offer, and kindly hosted days in forges, veterinary practices, vet schools, universities and equestrian establishments, from Cornwall to the highlands of Scotland. What a great


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