Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lad, with and without

New boy Lad arrived yesterday and he is another Devon resident, which means his owner Vikki will at least be able to come and see him a lot!
Lad's vet and farrier have done their best to improve his lameness but its persisted so he has come here to see if rehab out of shoes can help him instead. 
There is already lots to like about his feet and his farrier has done a good job of improving his landing - which has gone from toe-first to flat or fractionally heel first on his better foot. 
There are some issues with his medio-lateral balance I suspect  - if you look at the digital cushion there is a distinct difference between lateral and medial sides - but that should improve out of shoes.

Lad has quite long toes in this shot but had gone 6 weeks since his last shoeing.
These sole shots highlight how differently a hoof loads in a shoe as opposed to out of it.

More on Lad soon, of course. 


Unknown said...

I look forward to reading and seeing follow- up progress reports :)

Nic Barker said...

Thanks Greg - should be up in a couple of weeks :-)