Monday, 18 June 2018

RRRR 2018

This weekend was another busy one as Becca has been hard at work for months organising this year's Rockley Rehabs' Reunion Ride - and this time we were in Derbyshire.
The beautiful Peak district was the back drop to a wonderful 4 day ride which took in some breathtaking scenery.
Unfortunately I couldn't get away from here till Thursday but still Peter, Kira, Felix and I managed a fantastic couple of days and covered just over 25 miles - the full ride was nearly 60 miles.
Although the clouds looked threatening we stayed dry and in fact the sun shone for most of the time!
Mango, the last horse standing, who stomped round 60 miles and looked better than ever by the end, though he maybe now thinks that eventing is an easier option?!
We passed beautiful villages with picture perfect cottage gardens and gorgeous limestone bridges and buildings were everywhere.
We even had the chance to gallop about on pristine turf at Chatsworth, much to the astonishment of groups of runners who were out on Saturday morning.
Isla and Felix - the 2 arch-poseurs, loving it up for the cameras, as ever(!)...
If you get the chance to ride up in Derbyshire I would highly recommend it!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The most wonderful time...

...of the year...

Beats Christmas for me every time :-). June is very early for us to be making haylage but for the past few years the weather has been so tricky from July onwards that I thought we would just go for it while the weather was perfect.

Of course with it being so early we have not made as much as normal but its lovely stuff and its a great feeling to have it done and dusted.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

From pathetic to proper (nearly) - Mickey's 8 week update

Onwards and upwards to Mickey's update. He arrived with really contracted heels and a weak frog, as is common with horses diagnosed, as he was with navicular bone and DDFT damage.

Although the angle of the lower photo is not a perfect comparison you can see that his heels are already more supportive; he is no longer landing toe first.  
Clearly his feet still have a long way to go before the strength in the back of his foot is restored but he is making good progress with a stronger frog and digital cushion. 

Improvements still required but a less pinched and contracted foot today (below). 

Mickey still has under-run heels on this foot particularly  - it is his worse foot - but he is slowly building a stronger foot. The shorter toe and more supportive heel are encouraging signs for the future.  

Heels gradually opening up as the back of his foot rebuilds. 

 The lower, stronger heels are clear in these comparison shots - no trimming was required to make these changes.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Vico's 8 week update

Getting on with the updates, these are Vico's 8 week comparison photos. 
The new hoof capsule growing in is at a  better angle and will lead to a shorter toe and more supportive heel. 

Hos frogs have also developed now that he is landing heel first - this is his better foot and it has made faster progress than his left foot. 
We are also looking for better medio-lateral balance with Vico's feet, and he seems to be rebalancing his feet quite nicely. 

The changes to this foot have happened more slowly, in part because he has taken longer to land well on this foot and its still his weaker side. 

Nevertheless he is slowly developing a more supportive hoof capsule on this side as well. 

Monday, 28 May 2018

Chiprola's 4 week update

This is Chiprola's 4 week update - there are changes in her feet but they are largely a response to the change in environment she has experienced in moving from Dubai to here. 
When she lived mostly on soft sand she needed extreme concavity in her feet and her frogs did not need to be particularly robust as they received stimulus despite being well below the level of her heels. 
Now, living on surfaces which are still conformable but include harder ground as well, her frogs are starting to work harder and her heels are lower. 

Although the changes are more difficult to see from the outside once you pick the foot up and compare the frogs the changes in loading are clear.   

As usual, she has not been trimmed and has been allowed to rebalance her feet on her own and in her own time. 
The track system here and the fact that she is turned out in the fields overnight has also meant that she is probably moving considerably further over a normal 24 hour period than she was previously, which will also be contributing to the changes in  her feet. 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

8 week updates...

...starting with Maysie. Hard to believe that 4 of the current rehab horses have already been here 8 weeks and so it will be a busy few days for updates. As usual the original photos are at the top and the lower ones are the most recent. 
 Maysie was quite slow to begin landing heel first but has definitely now got the hang of it and her palmar hoof is improving as a result. Her foot is no longer collapsing and is less under-run.
This was the foot which had the worse medio-lateral balance and that is better now as well. The medial support you can see in the lower photo is helpful to her for now as its stabilised the hoof capsule so it no longer tips medially on landing. 

The digital cushion is better developed now, as you can see, but there is still a central sulcus split which needs to heal up. Her better landing should help achieve this. 

You can see that she has a stronger hoof capsule growing in from the change in angle at the top of the dorsal hoof wall. Her palmar hoof is stronger but this was her stronger foot in any case so the changes are less dramatic. 

On this foot she has a clearly healthier frog and her heels are stronger and less under-run. The foot is also looking better balanced and is loading more evenly. 

 Finally a better developed digital cushion and a foot which is steadily becoming stronger, which is great to see.