Ortho Kit 1.0
June 2013 saw the launch of a comprehensive scientific study on the subject of shoeing, funded by the Werkman Horseshoe Company and led by Dr. Jenny Hagen ( Veterinary Anatomical Institute ( Veterinär-Anatomisches Institut) of Leipzig University ).
The study focused on the impact of various horseshoes and shoeing modifications, taking into account diverse soil types, on:
- the distribution pattern of the vertical compressive forces exerted on the hoof
- the size of the load-bearing area
- the gait pattern
- the orientation of the phalanges
The results of this study were used for the development of the Werkman Ortho-Kit.
The Werkman Ortho-Kit provides you with an effective and straightforward means to turn Werkman horseshoes into various therapeutic shoes.
Jonathan Nunn (UK)The system is in a tough and durable case so it can outstand the rough circumstances of our day to day work. The sensors are light weighted and quick to fit to a horse therefor it’s a very easy operation with only a couple of minutes to set up. The software automatically recognizes transitions of stride in one continuous measurement. How can it help my business? Gives an accurate record of progress of both lame or sound measured horses, I can charge for measurements. Werkman BLACK can generate profit and provide important helpful information, Werkman BLACK correlates visual observation to support my trimming and shoeing plans I apply, Werkman BLACK can help my clients understand better the importance of maintaining good foot balance and footcare, Werkman BLACK will support and evidence improvements in stride patterns, Werkman BLACK is a valuable educational and research tool. I’m very excited about this new product and I believe it’s a great benefit to our job
Jaime Marco-García (SPAIN)Werkman BLACK offers me, as a professional vet-farrier, a wide range of possibilities. Firstly, it offers an excellent graphic representation which allows, not only to see different parameters of the hoof from different perspectives (landing, break over, swing, timings…), but also speed them up or slow them down, amongst other options. Secondly, it is an interesting assessment tool due to the objective meassurements provided (landing and breakover times, stride high, lenght, percentage difference between stance phases…); even more, it can synthesise a lot of information in few seconds. This is why it is a fantastic teaching tool. Furthermore, all those features mentioned above help me to improve the relation and communication with my clients and with other colleagues. On top of that, Werkman BLACK provides a better understanding of my own daily job helping me to do selfassessment. In fact, this tool lets me dissociate from other farriers and vets, which improves my brand equity providing a new perpective of our profession. Last but not least, I consider it as an electronic assessment device with great potential due to its endless possibilities, which allow it to be a perfect tool for reasearching.
Sam Crompton (USA)We consider Werkman BLACK to be the biggest technological advance in Farriery for a long time. It’s ease of use has meant that we have integrated it into our everyday practice and have found that it greatly benefits horse welfare and performance. The highly detailed information provided has allowed us to make small adjustments to shoeing plans, helping return lame horses to soundness and helping improve and track performance in sports horses. Moving forward we see this as an integral part of horseshoeing in an increasingly science based industry.
Julien Guinet (France)
Ever since I began working as a farrier, I was able to try out various models. For me, the Warrior is without a doubt the best horseshoe I have ever used. The shape of the hind shoe is simply perfect!
The toe is wide enough to allow shearing. The nail holes are formed excellently and well suited for small nails. Sometimes, I have to use E-Slim 3 in no. 3, and it always stays perfectly in place. It is a valuable product, namely for German or Dutch horses, which have small feet and little hoof wall.
Maxime Perret (France)
The original shape of the Warrior horseshoe is very close to the shape I prefer for my horseshoes and can easily be modified on the anvil. The nail holes are suitable for small nails and are always properly drilled. The finish always looks good, it is pleasant to work with, and there are no scales that will rip your hands open!
Shane Togami (USA)
I think Werkman does a fantastic job! They ask us what we think about the shoes we’re using. They take the answers serious and apply our suggestions to their products.
Serge Lardier (France)
Werkman Horseshoes is a very modern company, they take their development and service very seriously and don’t lose their personality in the process. The models are perfect for the high end show jumpers that I shoe. Especially the Warrior Special. I love working with that particular shoe.
Great service for the farrier!
Mitch Taylor (USA)
The quality of the shoes are an extension of the way the Werkman family runs the factory. The shoes are always cutting edge; fit and ware are better than any other factory made shoe.
I’ve known the Werkman family for 15 years and the value and effort that they put in their family is the same as they put in their factory. This is also how they treat their workers; you can tell that they are happy. The Werkman family cares for their workers like they care for the development and production of the shoes.
The Werkman family is down to earth and very interested in what farriers want and what the horse needs.
James Woods (Ireland)
Great shoes! Easy to fit and the wide variety of models makes it easy to find a shoe for every foot. The shoes are forged out of high quality steel and very well finished which makes it easier to do a good job on the foot.
It’s clear that Werkman has a solid research behind their models.