Hoof Cinch LLC

A Cinch to Fix Founder

1-855-44-CINCH (24624)

Made in the USA
US Patent 8,939,224 B2


Frequently Asked Questions

Will it hurt my horse?


No, The Hoof Cinch™ was originally designed to relieve the pain caused by laminitis and founder.  The attachment screws do not penetrate the hoof wall into the sensitive structure so there is no pain caused by the attachment of The Hoof Cinch™.

It can NOT restrict the blood flow as it is only redirects forces on the hoof capsule and does not constrict the capsule.


Can anyone apply The Hoof Cinch™ ?

The Hoof Cinch™ is designed to be applied by farriers, veterinarians, and the horse owners. 


We HIGHLY recommend you have your farrier apply The Hoof Cinch™ because they know the structure of the hoof and how the bones of the hoof need to be aligned.  Also, there are some recommended trimming specifications that your farrier will know best on how to apply.

How does it work?

When applied approximately one inch below the coronary band, The Hoof Cinch™ stabilizes the hoof wall.  A common misconception is that the hoof is a rigid structure.  That is not the case.  Every time the
horse steps on the hoof it is flexing.  If the laminae are inflamed due to laminitis, that flexing causes the inflamed laminae to stretch, causing the pain in the hoof.  The Hoof Cinch™ stops the hoof from flexing where the laminae are being stretched.

When the hoof wall is stabilized with The Hoof Cinch™ the hoof wall is directed back towards the coffin bone.  As the hoof grows down that force allows the horse to grow the rotation out of the hoof, realigning the hoof wall with the coffin bone.

Can I ride my horse?

If your horse is sound and walking fine, and not suffering from an acute laminitis episode you can ride your horse with The Hoof Cinch™ attached.

How long do I leave it on?

For best results, we recommend The Hoof Cinch™ stay attached
for 16-20 weeks.  The Hoof Cinch™ does not need to be applied permanently but can be left on indefinitely without damage to the hoof.

What is laminitis?

Laminitis is the irritation of the laminae that attach the coffin bone to the hoof wall. 

What is founder?

Founder is the rotation of the coffin bone within the hoof structure. 
The irritation from laminitis allows the coffin bone to rotate away from the hoof wall.  That stretching of the laminae from the coffin bone rotation is what causes the pain and the subsequent lameness.

Isn’t founder the same thing as laminitis?

Laminitis and founder are different issues.  Laminitis is the irritation of the lamiae within the hoof structure.  A horse with laminitis does not necessarily founder although there is usually some rotation of the coffin bone indicating that the horse has foundered.

Founder is the rotation of the coffin bone, usually because of laminitis.

Does it really work?

The Hoof Cinch™ was tested for a year on 60 horses with
varying degrees of founder.  Old founder cases as well as horses with
acute laminitis were treated as part of the testing of the product.

Radiographs were taken before and after treatment and every subject showed either a reduction of coffin bone rotation or a complete elimination of the rotation.

The underlying cause of the laminitis needs to be uncovered and mitigated.  This usually requires a blood test drawn by
your veterinarian.  Most cases can be treated with medicines or a change in diet.


Are you moving the coffin bone?

No, once it is rotated the coffin bone cannot be moved back to its original position.  The Hoof Cinch™ stabilizes the hoof wall and
redirects the hoof wall growth back toward the coffin bone.  As the hoof wall grows down along the coffin bone, it realigns with the rotated coffin bone.  In essence, since we cannot move the coffin bone back to the hoof wall we move the hoof wall back to the coffin bone allowing the horse to "grow out" of the rotation.


My horse is trimmed using Natural Trim methods, will The Hoof Cinchwork on my horse?


The Hoof Cinch™ does not require any shoeing and so it is compatible with natural and barefoot trimming methods as well as the traditional farrier techniques. It works best with a trim that elevates the heels and leaves the ENTIRE hoof wall on the ground. In all cases it is VERY IMPORTANT to make sure the soles are not in direct contact with the ground.  Ground pressure pushing on the sole against the coffin bone will cause the bone to degenerate.