Friday, 18 June 2021

Dante's 8 week update

 Belatedly, but better late than never, here is Dante's 8 week update. Unlike the others, he was in shoes until shortly before he arrived so has had less time to adapt to loading his feet centrally rather than peripherally. 

Nevertheless he has made good progress in a relatively short time. You can see there will be significant changes to come in his feet over the next few months but they are already starting to grow more normally and to look less like foal feet and more like those on an adult horse. 

Although his frogs weren't too bad when he arrived they were clearly unused to working and they are developing the longer he is out of shoes and moving freely. 
There is still a lot of development to come but this is a strengthening frog and digital cushion by comparison to 8 weeks ago.
A collapsed hairline, as you can see in the upper photo, is usually a sign of a weak palmar hoof. Its good to see this improving. 

Less dramatic changes from this side although the new growth is still clear to see. 

An untidy frog today, and the top layer is ready to shed, but that is perfectly normal and the important thing is that the frog and digital cushion are getting stronger as he continues to work. 

As with the other foot, a much better looking hairline and more robust digital cushion today. 
Dante's footage is up here:

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Tate at 8 weeks

Tate is our next blog subject, again with an 8 week update. As ever, the original photos are at the top and the current ones below. You can see that there is a better angle of new growth in the top section of the hoof which is shortening her toe as well. 

From the sole view her feet are also looking more business like, with a stronger frog. 

There is less to see from the palmar view although her digital cushion is starting to build and her hoof wall has reduced, showing the foot is loading more centrally.

Fewer changes to see in this foot but the new hoof capsule is growing in steadily.

As with the other foot, a harder-working frog is the most obvious change. 

Overall, some positives and there should be more change to come over the next 4 weeks. 

Tate's footage is here:  - the biggest improvement is the change in her medio-lateral balance on her LF, where she is starting to land more evenly as opposed to the lateral landing she arrived with. 


Monday, 14 June 2021

Joey's 8 week update


How fast the weeks are going - my last blog was Joey's 4 week update and here we are now with his 8 week update. What I like with these photos is that his stance has improved and he is more willing to load the back of his foot. 

As ever, the lower photos are the most recent and the upper photos are the original ones. His feet generally are capable of harder work now and his frogs are improving, although his landing is still not as heel first as I would like. 

From this angle though you can see that his frog is more actively weight-bearing and much more engaged.

Again, a better stance with his feet more under him. Hoof pastern axis can be misleading as it changes as the limb loads but if you have a consistent improvement it is encouraging. 

What I like in this view is that the medio-lateral balance has improved, as opposed to him loading the lateral side of the foot more than the medial side. Again, his frog is more robust and his heels less under-run. 

A better frog and digital cushion which should, with more time, translate into a heel first landing. At the moment he lands quite well when he is out exercising but when we take footage his landing, although improved, is not clearly heel first. His feet are steadily getting stronger with ongoing work, though, which is a good sign. 
His footage, showing a change from toe first to flat, and an improved medio-lateral balance but certainly not yet a clear heel first landing, is here:

Monday, 17 May 2021

Joey's 4 week update


I like the change in Joey's stance and the fact that his toe is shortening, apologies for the mud on his feet as I took the recent photo, below, just after we got back from exercising...
The back of his foot was very weak when he arrived and that is starting to strengthen which is good to see.

Interestingly, his foot is already starting to rebalance - his medio-lateral balance is changing quite rapidly.
It is not the easiest angle to see, but his frog is more robust and his hoof wall is much shorter than it was. As ever, this has not needed trimming in order to achieve it. 

Again, the focus is the back of the foot which is where he needed to become stronger. Over the next few weeks we should see further improvements as his heels become less under-run and his toes shorten. 

As with the left foot, the most interesting change is that the medio-lateral balance is improving.

Apologies again for the post-exercise mud, but it is nice to see a more robust frog and stronger digital cushion. 

Joey's footage is here - there is no significant change to see in his landing in this footage but ironically when he is properly walking out up the lane his landing is a lot better - which is frustrating from the point of view of the blog but good news for Joey: 

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Tate's 4 week update

Today is time for Tate's update. She had been out of shoes a lot longer than Dante and is correspondingly more competent on tough surfaces than he is at the moment. 
Nevertheless her feet are already showing signs of changes, albeit more subtle than the ones we could see yesterday.  
Her frog is beginning to develop but we would want to see it get a lot stronger over the next few weeks. 

As with Dante, it is good to see a better hairline, signs that the digital cushion is starting to develop. 

There is also a change in the hairline from this angle, with it more level than it was previously. Again this is encouraging because it shows the foot is loading more evenly. 

Tate's landing is a more confident than it was when she arrived but these feet are only just beginning to change so we would expect to see more development as her work level increases. 

This was already a decent foot but it is nice to see it becoming stronger - more to come I hope!
Tate's footage is here: