Thursday, 4 February 2010

Medio-lateral balance

This is a clip of a newly arrived rehab horse, taken when he had his shoes on. Its interesting because you can clearly see how badly he has been affected by the poor medio-lateral balance of his hooves.

In slow motion, you can see that his landing has a pronounced imbalance to the lateral side. He has had the imbalance for a long time, we assume; when the farrier most recently tried to correct it and shod the horse using X-rays, the change was more than the horse could cope with and he became even more lame. We are hoping that allowing his feet to rebalance out of shoes will help make him more comfortable - time will tell.

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