Gawd, how the time flies - I thought Ella had been here 3 weeks but checking on her dates she arrived on 6th May so has been here 4 weeks already and its time for an update.
She had quite a distorted and shut-down palmar hoof and its good to see that both frog and digital cushion are developing nicely. She is not quite landing heel first on a hard surface but is doing so on softer ground and her landing has definitely improved.
The upper photo is her in her shoes, the lower is the day after they came off.
Comparing that with today the frog is looking more engaged and healthy and although her bars and heel are still under-run they too have strengthened.
The toe looks long here but, as ever, its counter-productive to back up the toe on a horse who cannot yet land heel first. I am pleased to see the better depth of digital cushion though and the less distorted hairline.
As with the LF, the most significant changes are happening at the back - to the frog and digital cushion. Notice also that her hoof wall is much shorter than it was in shoes. This is not a result of trimming, just her natural wear.
The long toe is evident in this shot too. It will shorten over the next few weeks and by the time this has happened she should also have a healthier palmar hoof and be able to fully load her heels.
More on Ella soon.