Tuesday 13 June 2017

Two weeks and no trims

I wanted to post a quick update on Dazzle who arrived a couple of weeks ago because he is an interesting example of why we don't trim.   
He arrived with slightly wild and wooly feet which were basically quite nice but rather long. Many people would have shortened the toe but as, Dazzle has been diagnosed with a lameness which blocks to the palmar hoof, doing that would have been counterproductive as it would have increased the load on the back of his foot.

By allowing him to first develop a stronger palmar hoof we have allowed him to begin to load it of his own volition which has also had the effect of shortening his toe. Its much easier for the horse to do things this way round - dealing with the cause then the symptom - and also enhances soundness. 
These are still very early days for Dazzle but he is already using and developing the back of his foot much more and his landing is as a result showing signs of improvement too.
His footage is here https://vimeo.com/221386404 where you can also see how his movement is changing. 

1 comment:

Triin said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience!