Russell has been here just over 2 weeks so its a good time for an update. He already had pretty good feet when he arrived and he was sounder than the majority of horses who arrive here so the changes to his feet are correspondingly subtle.
His toe is shortening - this is his worse foot - and as that happens and the back of his foot becomes stronger his hoof/pastern axis is improving as well.
The most noticeable changes from this angle are the increase in the strength of the frog and digital cushion and the shorter hoof wall. This is important as Russell has a merio-lateral imbalance on this foot which is one of the main issues we are trying to solve.
The same changes are evident from the sole shots. I'd also be looking for his bars to straighten and for the hoof wall to reduce even more over the next few weeks.
His LF is his better foot and does not have the imbalance which the RF suffers from. Still the toe has shortened slightly as he has done more work.
Again, a slight increase in frog and digital cushion strength plus shorter hoof wall - all good.
And confirmation of that as well from the sole shots. Notice how this foot is more symmetrical and has straighter bars than the more troublesome RF - signs of better medio-lateral balance.
More on Russell soon!