Thursday, 20 April 2017

Another seventeen days - Teddy G's update

Teddy also arrived on 1st April and had also been out of shoes a while. This is his worse foot which in addition to the problems diagnosed on MRI had a central sulcus split. 
These can be problematic as they are prone to infection and in a horse who is landing toe first can be slow to heal. The secret usually is to get on top of any infection with a mild treatment like Veterinus derma-gel or manuka honey. 
Once the infection is no longer causing pain the horse will usually, on conformable surfaces, be able to start engaging the back of the foot and this of course promotes a change in landing. 
Once a horse is landing heel first then the back of the foot can rebuild and stimulus to the frog is key to this. In Teddy's case we have been treating the split and it is slowly improving. 
He is already loading the back of the foot more readily and I hope that over the next few weeks the split will close up fully.

His foot is starting to appear less under-run but we still have a long way to go, as you'd expect at this stage. 

Its good to see a better frog and the heels moving back, which is confirmed by his improved landing - his footage is at the end of this post. 

You can see clearly from this angle that the frog on this foot is healthier - no split although it is still in need of development. 

The biggest change, again an incremental one but definitely in the right direction, is in his landing footage which is up here:

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<p><a href="">Teddy G</a> from <a href="">Nic Barker</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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