Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Footnote photos: Ozzy's update

I posted video updates last week on 3 of our current rehab horses and this week I wanted to put up their comparison photos. Regular blog readers will know that photos, in my opinion, are not the best way of judging a hoof as they tell you little about its performance, soundness and balance. However when you already have footage (as we have here: http://rockleyfarm.blogspot.com/2018/07/changes-step-by-step.html) then they can provide an interesting footnote. 
In Ozzy's case, as we usually find, the shoes which were intended to provide "support" are a contradiction in terms. His feet are more supported without shoes, as you can see by comparing the palmar hoof and hairline. 

This is still a flat, weak foot and although he has a better landing now his soles are vulnerable and his hoof wall non-existent so it will be a few more weeks before his feet have strengthened sufficiently for him to cope with tougher surfaces. 

A shot of the palmar hoof shows how much progress he has made in developing his frog and digital cushion already: this explains why he now has the solid heel first landing we saw on the video.

A less under-run foot and an interesting angle change which will probably have a lot to tell us in a couple more weeks. 

You can almost feel the relief in this frog being allowed to function properly again! It looks pretty funky but Ozzy is doing a great job and his frogs will do fine being allowed to sort themselves out. 

The contrast between the pinched and contracted frog and heels and what Ozzy has now is quite stark, even after less than 4 weeks.  Its easy to see from this perspective how much happier the foot is when allowed to load centrally, rather than round the outside



Monday, 9 July 2018

Changes, step by step

Three horses who arrived at the end of June are due their first fortnight updates. Normally I give them a day each but as we filmed them all together yesterday I thought it might be interesting to put them together in a post as well.

I've taken stills from their updated footage (links to all the footage are listed at the end) which compare landings from their first day to 2 weeks later.

Beau was landing flat when she arrived and has improved to a slight but definite heel first landing on both fronts. 

Flynn was landing laterally on the left front and flat on both front feet. He has also improved to a slight heel first landing; although we did not film him from in front this time he looks to be landing more levelly as well. 

However the biggest surprise has been Ozzy who has gone from toe first in shoes to confidently heel first. This is not only impressive but rapid. He has much flatter feet than the other 2, though, and still finds tough surfaces more difficult so he has a long way to go but its very encouraging.

Good work team! Now to build on those landings and really grow better feet...

Links to the full footage are here and I will post their photos later this week.
Beau: https://vimeo.com/279079467
Flynn: https://vimeo.com/279077955
Ozzy: https://vimeo.com/279079950

Friday, 29 June 2018

Ozzy's feet - the only arrival in shoes

These feet belong to Ozzy, the last of our new arrivals for this week. What is very interesting from these photos is how dramatic the different is between his left foot and right foot when you look at the heels. This foot is collapsed and under-run whereas his left foot is less so.
However when his lameness was diagnosed he was worse on the left than the right, so this may be a recent compensation. On MRI he was shown to have navicular bone and related damage, DDFT and collateral ligament damage bilaterally.
 The medio-lateral imbalance on this foot is quite clear from this angle and in fact on video he is landing laterally on both front feet but much worse on this foot.
On video he is landing better on this foot  - he has a fractional heel first landing whereas the other foot is toe first and his medio-lateral balance is better as well.
Again, if you compare the photos, this foot looks more balanced - its dangerous to extrapolate too much from photos alone but in this case they confirm  what we see on video.

Ozzy's footage is here and there will of course be updates on him and the other horses over the next few weeks: https://vimeo.com/277606810

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Our second new arrival - Flynn's feet

Flynn is the second of the new arrivals from the weekend. He is an Irish sports horse who has suffered low grade lameness for nearly a year and has been diagnosed on MRI with navicular damage.
He has fairly under-run heels and long toes and also has a media-lateral imbalance where he is landing on the lateral side of both front feet, worse on the left front.  
 This is his weaker side judging from his footage on arrival

He has reasonably good frogs - better on the right front; he was landing marginally heel first on this foot and toe first on his left foot when we filmed him


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

New horses arriving - Beau's feet

We had a changeover at the weekend with horses going home and new horses arriving and I've a lot of updates to post but I'm going to start with photos of the new horses. 
These feet belong to Beau - confusingly a mare - who is a dressage horse from Cornwall.  On MRI she has been diagnosed with inflammation of the collateral ligaments of the coffin joint, medial on the RF and lateral on the LF.
Her lameness is worse on the left rein on a circle and although both feet are somewhat under-run and have a relatively weak palmar hoof the left foot appears slightly worse.
On video she is landing flat and slightly laterally (as you would expect) on the LF but its not an extreme landing which makes me hopeful that she will improve quite quickly. 
 As ever, I will post updates on Beau within the next few weeks.


https://vimeo.com/277259484

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Hayfields

We've had a big changeover week with horses going home and new horses arriving so I have a backlog of photos and videos to work through and post - I will get on with those over the rest of this week.

In the meantime here is my traditional turning-the-horses-out-in-the-hayfields video for 2018 - at least a month early!

https://vimeo.com/277109399


Monday, 18 June 2018

RRRR 2018

This weekend was another busy one as Becca has been hard at work for months organising this year's Rockley Rehabs' Reunion Ride - and this time we were in Derbyshire.
The beautiful Peak district was the back drop to a wonderful 4 day ride which took in some breathtaking scenery.
Unfortunately I couldn't get away from here till Thursday but still Peter, Kira, Felix and I managed a fantastic couple of days and covered just over 25 miles - the full ride was nearly 60 miles.
Although the clouds looked threatening we stayed dry and in fact the sun shone for most of the time!
Mango, the last horse standing, who stomped round 60 miles and looked better than ever by the end, though he maybe now thinks that eventing is an easier option?!
We passed beautiful villages with picture perfect cottage gardens and gorgeous limestone bridges and buildings were everywhere.
We even had the chance to gallop about on pristine turf at Chatsworth, much to the astonishment of groups of runners who were out on Saturday morning.
Isla and Felix - the 2 arch-poseurs, loving it up for the cameras, as ever(!)...
If you get the chance to ride up in Derbyshire I would highly recommend it!