Thursday, 19 April 2012

Legend arrives at Rockley...

...Quite literally, because the latest arrival at Rockley is called Legend...here, chatting to Buster.
Legend is a Welsh cob who was diagnosed with navicular on the basis of x-rays in May 2011.  He was treated with Tildren and remedial farriery but over the last year things deteriorated and he became steadily lamer.
Because he was so uncomfortable, his owners took his shoes off a few weeks before he arrived here. He is sounder out of his shoes but is still landing toe first (not surprisingly!) and is in desperate need of growing a more supportive hoof capsule.
The sole shot of his foot doesn't look too bad - but bears out what you can see laterally - his feet are very flat with an underrun heel and stretched toe but he is trying hard to improve that.
Buster is not susceptible to being licked...but Legend has already met several of the boys and has great social skills so I think he won't take long to get his feet under the table!

7 comments:

jenj said...

Legend is super cutie... although Buster does NOT look pleased that he is being used as a chew toy!

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Oh, I'll be watching how Legend does. That hoof looks all too familiar, long under-run heel, a big juicy frog trying to help the best it can. He's adorable and I hope to see him bounce back. Will you trim the toe, or let nature do that depending if he's capable of workload or not?

Nic Barker said...

Definitely no trimming at the moment - his toe has been taken way back previously and its the whole foot which has stretched though thats hard to tell from the photos.

I'd want his caudal hoof a whole lot stronger before putting any more load onto it, as well, but he is already starting to grow a better hoof capsule so watch this space :-)

ester said...

licking boys must be a ginger welshie gelding thing... mine does it too!

cptrayes said...

There is already one heck of an angle change under that hair at the coronet, isn't there?



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Snowhawk Przhevalsky said...

This will be an interesting one to see change as he grows out, especially as I try to look through the fluff at the coronet.

Nic Barker said...

Yes, there is the start of a new angle change but I need to take photos with the feathers out of the way, which was tricky on Tuesday :-)