Wednesday, 6 October 2021

12 week comparison photos: James

James is going home tomorrow so I am posting a set of comparison photos with his initial pictures as the upper of each pair. 


The band of new growth is clear to see and is even more obvious if you run a hand down the hoof capsule. It will result in a shorter toe once it's completely grown in. 

You can see the start of better concavity in the sole and his frog and heels have also developed. There should be more of this to come over the next few months. 

The central sulcus splits are healed and as long as he continues to land heel first should not cause him any problems. 

Again, the new growth will result in a shorter toe and more supportive palmar hoof as his hoof capsule grows in. 

A much healthier frog - you can see that his feet are asymmetric but are nevertheless balanced on landing; this is dictated by his conformation and is unlikely to change. 

I've posted James' footage previously so if you would like to see his progress have a look back at earlier blogs. 

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Crumble's 3 week update

How is it October already? Anyway, time for an update on Crumble, who arrived 3 weeks ago, time keeps marching on and so do the feet on the rehab horses...!

After only 3 weeks there are no dramatic changes to see yet. There is a change in angle which you can see highlighted by the band of white hoof - this should be clearer in a few more weeks when the angle change will have grown in further. 

These are feet which are working a bit harder now than when she arrived so we are seeing her frog start to develop  - again this will be more evident when we compare again a bit further down the line. 

Sorry - not the best angle, I will try to get a better comparison next time...

As with the other foot, we will watch the angle of the white hoof, which gives a nice clear demarcation. The changes will be easier to see in a few more weeks. 

It has actually been really tricky to get photos as it is so dark compared to a few weeks ago - and this is at mid day as well - I don't know why but I never get used to how much we lose the light at this time of year. 

Monday, 13 September 2021

Donovan's 8 week update

Finally its Donovan's 8 week update, and as with the other horses, some clear changes in his hoof growth with better quality hoof wall visible in the top third of the hoof. 

His toe will shorten as the new hoof grows in and his palmar hoof should also continue to develop. 

Donovan has a central sulcus split which we will need to keep on top of but his landing is helping and this should heal up over the next few weeks. 

As with the other foot, there is a central sulcus split which we would like to see go completely as this will help his frog and digital cushion development. 

Donovan's footage is here:

Tadpole's 8 week update

Time for Tadpole's 8 week update now, and as with the other horses there are some obvious changes in his hoof capsule as the new hoof grows in. 

This will result in a shorter toe and a more supportive palmar hoof as the foot continues to grow. 

Some good changes in his frog with more strength evident in the back of the foot. 

There is still lots of change to come and I would expect his palmar hoof to carry on strengthening over the next few months. 

On the left foot and again there are some big changes in his hoof capsule are now visible. 

Still a long way to go before his frog has de-contracted, of course, but there is improvement, albeit happening steadily rather than rapidly. 

His digital cushion is also slowly improving but again will take time before it is as good as it can be. 

Tadpole's footage is here:

Friday, 10 September 2021

Candy's 8 week update

Candy comes next and again we have a clear sign of new growth in the hoof capsule, with her original photo at the top and the current photo below.  

Its good to see her frog improving and her toe shortening as the new hoof grows down. Overall the proportions of her foot are already better, with more depth to the palmar hoof. 

She was landing reasonably on this foot when she arrived but is more confident now and the improvement is clear in her digital cushion. 

Her foot looks pretty funky currently with a big difference between the new and old growth but that will normalise as her foot grows in. 

The landing on this foot has changed more than the left foot and there is consequently a bigger change in the frog and heels. 

Candy's footage is here: