Monday, 25 October 2010

Solomon update

Solomon has been here 3 weeks, and now has his hooves firmly under the table :-)  He has decided that he runs Rockley when Felix isn't around, and has wormed his way into the affections of even Bailey and Angel.  

He arrived in bar shoes and with a very weak caudal hoof...
...but is such a no-nonsense little horse that he almost immediately set about growing better hooves.  The video footage above also shows a small but clear improvement in landing, particularly in his RF and LH. 

Solomon started working in hand a week or so ago, and although the surfaces and the amount of work he can do is limited, he is only improving as he works and should go from strength to strength.   Previously, any work made him lamer so his hooves are already healthier than they were. 

He is enormous fun to have around, and there will be lots more about him soon :-)


jenj said...

In the vid from Oct. 1, it seems like his hind feet sort of slide into place. On the Oct. 24 vid, it's more like he places them down. I don't know how else to describe it, really.

Does that make sense? And if so, what's going on? It's not the first time I've noticed it in your videos, but I'm curious...

Nic Barker said...

Hi Jen,

I agree, and it happened with Bailey W as well. It seems to coincide with an improvement in front limb soundness - and it happened with the diagonal hind to the worst front limb with both of them.

My suspicion is that its to do with better proprioception and a more comfortable landing in the front leg giving greater stability to the hind leg.