Thursday, 22 June 2017

Twelve weeks to grow some new hooves

We have a bit of a changeover weekend coming up with horses going home and new horses arriving so its time to post some update photos. This is Jigsaw who will have been here 12 weeks tomorrow. 
If you draw an imaginary line across the widest part of his hoof its clear that its now significantly further towards the back of the hoof than it was when he arrived. This is a good thing as it means his palmar hoof is stronger and better able to support the limb. 
Jigsaw already had a reasonable frog and digital cushion so it was just a case of building it up and getting it used to more work and tougher surfaces. 

His heel is less under-run now and that chunk missing in the outer wall is a good guide to how much hoof he has grown, since it appeared just after his arrival - we think he knocked himself while travelling. 

This is now a much stronger hoof and it should continue to improve over the next 3-4 months as the rest of his new hoof capsule grows in.  

Interestingly Jigsaw had a heel first landing, just about, when he arrived, which meant we were able to begin work on hard surfaces with him at a relatively early stage compared with most horses. His frog and digital cushion therefore did not show as much deterioration as we often see.

As with the right foot, a less under-run heel and better support for the limb. I hope Jigsaw will have a very successful return home and continue going from strength to strength.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Two weeks and no trimming part 2 - Dash's update

Dash, like Dazzle yesterday, has been here for a couple of weeks so I am updating his photos as well. The angle of these photos is not comparable, for which I apologise, but you can see that he has grown a reasonable amount of foot by looking at the position of the nail holes and the angle of growth at the top of the foot. 
Dash is definitely growing in a stronger foot but it will be several more weeks before the new growth is far enough down to be clearly visible.  
He is already tidying up his own feet without any need for trimming but you can see that his frog has a way to go before it is back to full strength.

This is the business end and although its early days there are encouraging signs that Dash is rebuilding the back of his foot. 

Keep your eye on the top of the hoof; the new growth at the coronet is where we want to see changes. 

Two weeks is only a short time, of course, so the changes in his foot are not yet that easy to spot; updating his photos and video in a couple more weeks should give us more obvious improvements. 

Finally here is his video footage which, like Dazzle, shows him inching towards a better landing. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Two weeks and no trims

I wanted to post a quick update on Dazzle who arrived a couple of weeks ago because he is an interesting example of why we don't trim.   
He arrived with slightly wild and wooly feet which were basically quite nice but rather long. Many people would have shortened the toe but as, Dazzle has been diagnosed with a lameness which blocks to the palmar hoof, doing that would have been counterproductive as it would have increased the load on the back of his foot.

By allowing him to first develop a stronger palmar hoof we have allowed him to begin to load it of his own volition which has also had the effect of shortening his toe. Its much easier for the horse to do things this way round - dealing with the cause then the symptom - and also enhances soundness. 
These are still very early days for Dazzle but he is already using and developing the back of his foot much more and his landing is as a result showing signs of improvement too.
His footage is here where you can also see how his movement is changing. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Dazzling feet

These hooves belong to Dazzle, who arrived last week. He doesn't have terrible feet but like most of the horses who come here he is weak in the back of the foot and this has led to injury and lameness.
He has a better digital cushion on arrival than many horses but it is not yet strong enough for him to be able to land properly on it; he is landing toe first on both front feet at the moment.
Nevertheless there is a lot to like about his feet and I am hopeful that he will improve a lot over the next few weeks. 
His frogs seem basically healthy frogs, albeit under-developed, which is encouraging as frog health is really the key to improving the strength of the palmar hoof. 
 This is where we want to see big changes during his time here!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Summer is a-coming in...

 Amazing light yesterday evening just after 8pm, when the horses are turned out and revelling in the long evenings and lack of flies.
You can spot Jigsaw and Dash, who came over for a close-up... fact it was hard to shake them off...
 ...and not to be outdone were the 2 Teds...

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

New boy Dash

Dash arrived after a very long but smooth journey all the way from Scotland at the weekend. He has been in shoes until a couple of weeks ago, as you can see from the photos, and he has a lameness which blocks to the palmar hoof but has not had an MRI.  
From the outside his feet certainly look rather weak, with under-run heels and not much development of frog or digital cushion, so that means he has lots in common with the majority of horses who come here
I will be expecting a lot of change in these feet over the next few weeks as we try to improve his landing from toe first, as he is currently, to heel first.
This foot looks more balanced  but his frog has certainly not been getting the stimulus it wanted so again this is an area where I will be expecting significant improvement.     

 Dash has settled in well an will be spending the next few days getting to know the other horses while he makes a start on growing better feet.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Updates - part 4 (Ted M)

Fourth but not least is Ted M. He has been here a few days less than the others but like Jigsaw he arrived with feet that were already several months out of shoes and becoming more capable. 
This means he was able to work almost from day one and it shows in the good changes he has made since then. His foot is shorter, stronger and more capable and nearly 8 weeks of work has made a difference. 

There was lots to like about his feet in any case but they really look as if they can do the job now, which is certainly the case. 
A really strong, tough little foot - well done Ted!

He already had some good new growth coming in and once this is all the way down his feet will be even more robust. You can just about see in the current photo that the band of growth which was at the top third of his hoof when he arrived is now nearly at ground level.  

Now quite a business-like foot which is capable of working on all sorts of terrain. 

Well done Ted, and keep on growing those feet!