Mr Pie’s pony pedicure (and poo problem!)

Einar had his regular visit from his barefoot trimmer Jane Cumberlidge from Barefootworks on Thursday.

In keeping with the rest of him, his feet aren’t at their best currently, which is a frustration, considering the mighty rock crunchers he used to have. His previous history of laminitis means he needs very restricted grazing and since he is currently unable to be ridden or exercised to any great degree, he’s not moving around anywhere near enough to stimulate strong and healthy hoof growth.

Jane (we like to call her The Hoofsayerâ„¢) has been working to keep his feet in top condition for the last 4 (and a bit) years, and I think she’d agree that it’s not been the easiest of tasks. Just recently he’s had a lot of flaking and chipping, and we’ve had to resort to turning him out in his Cavallo Simple boots each day to avoid this happening. Coupled with his ongoing propensity to produce sloppy cow-pat poos (and his mystery colic/virus episode earlier this week) we’re convinced that something is askew somewhere in his digestive tract. We were chatting this over with Jane when she mentioned an article she’d read earlier that day by Dr Carol Hughes from Phytorigins about her newly released Equibiome faecal test for horses. This analyses the gut biome and identifies any issues or problems. At £150 a pop it isn’t cheap (it’s horse related; of course it isn’t cheap), but if it gives us some insight into what the hell is going on in Einar’s gut (and more importantly, how we address it) then it will have been money well spent. Order duly placed, and the testing kit arrived first thing next day (speedy!). I’m both excited and apprehensive about what the test might reveal…I will report back in due course!


Tuskerbister Jarl Einar

First off – a bit about us!

Meet Einar (who rejoices under the Sunday name of Tuskerbister Jarl Einar, but is more affectionately referred to as The Pie/Mr Pie). Einar is an 8 year old registered Highland Pony gelding who is over height at 15.1hh, and is a beautiful yellow dun with black legs, eel stripe, and tail and mane.

He is beautiful, sweet and gentle – a more placid and obliging boy you’d be hard-pressed to find. However, he has also challenged us throughout the five years he’s been a part of our lives (or should I say, Our Entire World) with a series of illnesses, injuries and conditions which would have depleted the endurance of lesser (saner) owners.

Einar’s humans are me – Jo – a senior psychiatric nurse specialist/vegan/retired goth/lifelong horse-fanatic living in West Lothian (just outside Edinburgh), and my better half, Craig, an IT specialist/vegan/nerd/geek/more recent recruit to The Horsey Life. We’re in our forties, but have yet to reach any semblance of adult common sense.