Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Beanie's 8 week update (or Stance, stride length and all 4 legs)

This is a slightly belated Beanie update but better late than never. I thought it would be interesting to start off with some comparison shots of him standing, as he was particularly wonky on day 1. The left hand photo is then; the right hand photo is today. Not perfect by any any means, but improving, which is the important thing!


Beanie arrived having been lame for a long time - a matter of years rather than months. His feet had begun to improve after he came out of shoes 6 months before he came here and it was our job to continue the improvements and try and bring him back into work. 
 Here are the comparison shots of his LF from day one til 8 weeks later.
Clearly the biggest change is in the strength of his palmar hoof but there is also a fairly steep new angle growing in which will bring his toe much further back - easier to see where I've marked it in red. You can see that his hoof/pastern axis will also be more correct once this new hoof capsule is in place.
There is an argument for trimming his dorsal wall back to where the "new" breakover wants to be and many hoofcare practitioners would do this. It would certainly make the hoof look prettier and since its where his breakover will be in future, what would be the harm in that? 

Probably nothing in a horse with a robust palmar hoof but for Beanie - like most of our rehabs - palmar hoof pain was one of his main problems and backing up a toe will automatically put more weight onto the palmar hoof. That's fine for some horses, but for Beanie it would be too much too soon and would almost certainly make him lamer, not sounder.
On arrival (above) Beanie had weak, thin soles which were quite prone to bruising, and he had needed hoof boots to keep him comfortable on hard ground.

Now I am glad to say he has begun to build a much more concave foot (as you can see from the new collateral groove depth). His frog is much more substantial at the back but the shorter toe (drawn in on the dorsal wall above) is not yet evident from a solar view - although he has already begun to break over in line with where his toe will be when the new hoof has grown in. 

He has made great progress in strengthening his heels, frog and digital cushion already and its important to be patient and let him continue to improve at his own pace without setting him back by changing his foot balance faster than he can cope with. 
His movement is already improving, even on a hard surface, and you can see from these stills that the better stride length is not just in front but behind as well. An interesting illustration of how lameness usually has an effect on all four limbs. 

9 comments:

RedsMum said...

So that's what they've been chatting about over the haylage - Red & Beanie have clearly been swapping notes about stride length. What clever ponies they are !

Julie Highton-spencer said...

Is tthat really beanies once flat soles!! I'm so happy for him! What a result! Keep it going beanie! And thanks nic very happy with this.

Nic Barker said...

He's not quite caught Red up but doing well - very pleased with him, Julie, and hope you will be too :-)

Mousey said...

gosh such improvements! and one i can liken to rory!

go beanie and Julie you must be chuffed :)

Julie Highton-spencer said...

Thank you I'm so chuffed! How is Rory?

Julie Highton-spencer said...

I hope he follows active red around for as long as possible

lyndac said...

Oh this post is timely, my boy is on his 7th week without shoes and his feet were very much like Beanies. My trimmer came last week and took the toe back as you describe, unfortunately its really set him back. Not blaming the trimmer, he obviously thought the palmer hoof could cope. Wish I'd have read this last week I would then have questioned it rather than let him go ahead.

Julie Highton-spencer said...

Ps nic the video footage is impressive his stride has totally improved

Julie Highton-spencer said...

Hi Lyndac
I feel for you and your horse. Unfortunately this sort of thing happens regularly. At least you no now and it won't happen again. Beanie has spent his whole life being sore after farriers off and on! Just ignorance all round!