STATEMENT FROM JANE HARBIDGE, CERTIFIED STRASSER HOOF CARE SPECIALIST, IN RESPONSE TO ILPH WARNING OVER ALTERNATIVE FOOTCARE TREATMENT (www.horseandhound.co.uk/news) AND DIY FOOTCARE FOR HORSES (www.equiworld.com/uk/ezine)
Those of you who are familiar with the methods of Dr med. vet. Hiltrud Strasser, a practicing veterinary surgeon, will already have realised that her methods are mis-represented in the warnings noted above and that the views expressed are largely a matter of opinion.
I reiterate Yvonne Welz's comments (see THH Rebuttal to the ILPH news release, March 2001) on these views and could add many more to correct the mis-leading and incorrect statements already made.
I do not, however, believe that an ongoing battle between the opinions of the ILPH and the vets and farriers associated with this organisation, and those who believe in Dr Strasser's methods, is a positive way forward for the horse.
I would rather encourage communication between those involved to work together. We all believe that we are doing our best for the welfare of our horses and it is up to the individual to assess the information they are given and decide upon a way forward, keeping at all times within the law. For further information on the legal position in the UK please see below.
There appears to be an overwhelming problem with lameness throughout the world and horse owners are desperate to find an answer to this. My opinion is that we seek to question why there are so many problems in the first place, look to all the information that is available and see what we can do about it -- together?
THE LEGAL POSITION IN THE UK
It is not illegal to trim your horses' hooves, or anyone elses, unless you are preparing the foot for a shoe (Farriers (Registration) Act 1975 and Amendment 1977) Northern Ireland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are exempt from this Act. Only a vet can legally diagnose and treat an animal. If your vet has diagnosed a problem with your horses' hooves you are advised to consult them first. (Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966).
You need to be aware that if your horse experiences any discomfort during the transition to barefoot you need to take action for the horses' welfare so that you do not cause unnecessary suffering. You are advised to take veterinary advice. (Protection of Animals Act 1911)
Copies of these Acts can be obtained from The British Library, UK Tel: 01937 546599
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