Rolo - or "Mr Mohican" as SB calls him - has been here for 6 weeks and has proved to be a total dude. I'm putting his hoof pics and landing footage up below, but first take a look at these stills from his circle footage comparing day 1 with now.
Rolo wasn't terribly lame when he arrived - he was slightly unlevel on the left rein but if you didn't know him (as of course I didn't at the time) you might not have thought there was too much wrong.
However his owner, Rachel, who knows him extremely well, had been unhappy about his movement for several months and now I can understand why, because today he moves like this...
If this is him after 6 weeks, Lord alone knows how he is going to move once he has grown in a whole new hoof capsule!
He had pretty nice cob feet when he arrived but although he was landing heel first on his RF he was landing flat on his LF and loading both fronts laterally rather than evenly.
The hair is hiding a fairly steep new angle of growth - but I suspect it will only become visible if his hoof grows down faster than his feather!
He had been out of shoes for 6 months before he came and he already had a pretty good frog and digital cushion but look at how much stronger it has become - and compare the length of the hoof wall - so much shorter today!
And RF shots for comparison...
His toe of course is much shorter now and despite his hairiness you can (I hope) see that there is on both feet less of a deviation in the hairline at the coronet - a sign of better balance.
Here is his landing footage - a big improvement both in heel first landing and even loading over such a short time. As I said, Rolo's a dude!