Filly arrived the day after Wiggy, whom I blogged about yesterday, so I thought it would be as good a time as any to post her new photos. These are her comparison shots between day 1 and today, a fortnight later.
Filly's farrier and I discussed marking hooves to record growth rates before she came - luckily Filly had a useful band of different horn at the top of her hoof when she arrived and we should be able to chart how her hoof grows down using this.
You can clearly see it in this photo, 2 weeks on from when she arrived.
Here is her lamest foot - RF - in shoes and - below - a day out of shoes. I blogged these photos in her initial post, which is here. Apologies to Nick, Filly's farrier, as I only just saw and replied to his last comment on there!
The photos above and below compare the same foot immediately out of shoes and today, 2 weeks later.
Clearly she is still at an early stage and lots needs to happen, not least her heels continuing to move back and be more supportive of the palmar hoof. Nevertheless she is doing quite a good job already of shortening her toe and engaging her frog and starting to allow it to work harder.
The LF was the foot on which she had recently (before arrival) been sounder and it was less under-run than the right but a few hours out of shoes was still a weak looking foot, as you can see below.
Two weeks later the foot is still weak but there are signs that the frog is developing and the heels, as on the RF, are moving back though I expect a lot more changes to come.
On this foot as well Filly has done a reasonable job of keeping her toe short while the back of her foot strengthens.
Its early days with Filly and she is nowhere near being back into full work yet but she is comfortable on the tracks and working in the school which is a good starting point.
I'm sorry the blog has been running late so far this week - if possible, I will get back on track tomorrow - fingers crossed for the computer behaving...