I don't normally post updates on horses within the first week because usually there aren't enough changes to make it worthwhile. I'm making an exception for Dylan because his feet were rather ugly when he arrived and have already changed.
Although he arrived a week ago I only posted his initial photos yesterday. They generated quite a few comments on Facebook and on HHO and some explanation is due, but its important to realise that Dylan's feet aren't anyone's fault.
His vet was prescribing a recognised remedy for horses with DDFT damage; his farrier was following the prescription and his owner was following the advice of professionals she trusted. Everyone had Dylan's best interests at heart and was doing the best for him that they could at the time. Although his shoes and hooves looked ugly he was sounder than he had been when he was first diagnosed.
A week later his feet are already changing and the fact that he is able to move comfortably is a vital part of this.
On his initial photos he definitely had long toes and under-run heels. Lots of farriers and trimmers would have tried to address the external appearance by radically shortening the toes and his feet would certainly have looked prettier afterwards - but at what cost?
Looking at this angle you can see that there isn't lots of dead tissue - his whole foot had stretched forward.
I am sure that Dylan's farrier realised this. Backing up the toe would only have overloaded his very weak frog and heels and would have required an aggressive trim which would have left Dylan very uncomfortable. His farrier was between a rock and a hard place.
As it is, although his feet are still ugly one week on, he is astonishingly comfortable as he stomps round the tracks and up the fields and I am sure that in a few weeks his feet will look a lot healthier.
Of course its now up to Dylan and us to prove to his owner, vet and farrier that they made the right decision...Watch this space!