Thursday, 23 May 2013

The last of the twist - Ruby's 12 week update

One of the interesting things about hooves is how they adapt to support the limb in the best possible way - given the chance. Once a horse is an adult the hoof capsule is by far the most plastic - the most dynamic - element of the limb.

It is logical that for a prey species, like the horse, efficient movement is one of THE fundamentals of survival so having hooves which can adapt to facilitate the best possible movement is a great evolutionary advantage.

Equally, if feet become unbalanced and horses aren't able to balance through their hooves then in some cases they change their limb flight in order to try and compensate.
I've blogged before about Ruby, who has now been here nearly 12 weeks. I posted an early update on how her landing was changing here - http://rockleyfarm.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/undoing-twist.html - and she was already straightening up but after another 6 weeks the further improvement is clear to see. 
The full footage is below but her movement is both straighter and has a more pronounced heel first landing.
I hope you can see from these photos nearly 12 weeks apart that her frog has re-orientated slightly - its a subtle shift but its been enough to allow her straighter movement. Ignore the asymmetric hoof shape - she is growing out old hoof wall and has "old" hoof capsule at ground level which looks odd. It should look much better in a few more weeks!

Ruby's feather makes it hard to see the angle changes clearly but there is a band of new growth which is better connected and no longer has the rings which she had in the old capsule.

4 comments:

Julie Highton-spencer said...

Love the video footage really see the straightness from the front .

Molly's hoof blog said...

fantastic! These movies help SOOOO much with my own horse. It seems the slightly base narrow horses do want a short lateral toe and a slight medial flare. Am I right?

UnicornDreams said...

My mare who is base narrow in her hind feet has very short toes with an obvious flare on the outer wall - looks like the flare makes up for the fact that her legs aren't square under her

BruceA said...

"Once a horse is an adult the hoof capsule is by far the most plastic - the most dynamic - element of the limb."

Doh...I wish I had written that sentence! :-)