I´m using Werkman Black since 6 weeks and measured 27 Horses before and after shoeing.
As a farrier with 3 decades of experience I normally use my knowledge, and often my sixth sense in my daily work.
With Werkman Black I am capable to improve my work.
Werkman Black sees actually more than my eyes and my camera and Werkman Black doesn’t lie! It pushes me to learn and to understand more about the gait of the horses. I´m often surprised about the results. The influence of trimming, rolling and rocker toe, the part of heels with the end of the shoe during the landing phase, equal and unequal footfalls. Werkman Black actually challenges me and I learn! You have to switch on the brain if you like to use this amazing system.
These are the footfalls of Franzi, a dressage Horse, 5 years old and toed in and slightly different hoof angles. Werkman Black shows the unequal gait and especially the unequal landing that I could not see with my eyes. So I concentrated my trimming and shoeing on this part. It worked pretty good, I think.
This is a lame Horse which I helped a Vet to find out the weak area in the right hoof. In the landing animation you can see different green areas. This is the position of the hoof at the end of the landing phase and the beginning of mid stance. While the sound left hoof is standing on the heels, the lame right hoof is standing on the toe.
Hannes Hofer, Austria
So this is Marco. Some of you will recognize him as one of my case studies I’ve been presenting at Werkman Black clinics.
Marco suffered lameness from a distal lateral collateral ligament injury left fore and had undergone treatment at Pool House Veterinary Hospital In Lichfield, Staffordshire.
I’ve measured Marco every time he’s shod or trimmed since October 2018 every five weeks. The great news is now he’s sound following pioneering PRP (Plasma Rich Platelets) MRI guided injection to the injured collateral ligament.
I’m reassured each time I measure Marco with Werkman Black immediately after new shoes, I can improve his landing times and mid stance and breakover are noticeably better after Werkman Warrior Special fronts are applied to create a more symmetrical gait of the front feet with great heel support and easy breakover.
Marco is a great little horse and has taught me so much about equine movement and lameness. Sometimes he feels he should take off and run away during a measurement (not ideal) but the Werkman Black sensors survived and it’s good to see Marco feeling well enough to return to work.
Werkman Black supports our evaluation techniques and gives me an accurate record of every case I treat in my farriery clinics. I now know with the help of Werkman Black that I can normalise Marco’s strides and help his landings, mid stance and breakover be more symmetrical and even thus encouraging sound strides and give quantitative analysis which I can share with Marcos owner and treating veterinary surgeons.
Jonathan Nunn, FWCF – United Kingdom
So, I’m measuring every day now with Werkman Black in my daily farrier practice in Staffordshire. Josh and Jaime are both getting familiar and used to operating and interpreting the immediate data it gives us. Last week we measured two young thoroughbred foals which as far as I know are the first measurements of foals ever with Werkman Black. Exciting and innovative times ahead as every day brings new measurements and fresh challenges.
I have hundreds of various measurements already stored on my device that have not only made me question some recognized shoeing and trimming methods but help me be assured that often I am making positive changes to horses and improving stride patterns, breakover and landing times.
As a Werkman team farrier I am pushing the Werkman Black device to its limits and the capabilities are amazing and ever developing and evolving. Every day brings something new and I’m very lucky to be a part of this innovative adventure.
Jonathan Nunn, FWCF