Friday, 7 April 2017

Ted M - last lot of new feet for the week

These are Ted's feet - the second Ted in our current cohort of rehab horses.
Like the other new horses, he has been out of shoes several months and his palmar hoof has apparently already improved.
Ted has had not 1 but 2 MRIs showing DDFT damage which has healed and flared up again over several years.
However there is a lot to like about his feet, although he has a medio-lateral imbalance on his RF which is causing him to land laterally at the moment. Unfortunately I can't add his footage just now as we are having issues with Vimeo but I will add it as soon as I can.
 Nevertheless I think these are feet which will improve fairly rapidly - I hope I am proved right.


Hannah Petrie Hay said...

Hello, love your work and blog.

Just wondering, a bit of a chicken and egg question perhaps... But can landing preferentially on one side of the foot cause the mediolateral imbalance, or is it more likely or common that the mediolateral imbalance is the cause of the sub-optimal landing?


Nic Barker said...

Hi Hannah, Thats a tricky one, but in the horses we see here there is usually a pathology within the hoof capsule (often collateral ligament damage) which accompanies the media-lateral imbalance. What comes first though is impossible to guess by the time we see them. Equally, as the injury heals so does the imbalance so the 2 go hand in hand in my experience.

Hannah Petrie Hay said...

Thanks v much for taking the time to answer, very interesting.