Sunday, 19 June 2011

Lenny - the footage to go with the hoof photos

I put Lenny's photos up yesterday and to my mind, he has a healthier and more robust caudal hoof already than he had when he arrived.  The test though is always in how horses are moving, and finally (after some really annoying glitches with my Mac which have had me wanting to throw it out of the window) I've managed to upload it.

Lenny has changed his landing quicker than some horses, but he had a reasonably good frog and digital cushion which is always a help.

Lenny - comparison from 31st May to 16th June from Nic Barker on Vimeo.

His landing has improved but his stride has shortened - this is a common but temporary issue, due partly to the fact that he doesn't yet have the best shock absorption and partly due to the changed way in which he is using himself now, as opposed to 3 weeks ago.

There is lots of work to do but he's made a good start.


Barbara said...

It looks like the RF, RR, LR have all improved a lot. The LF, which looked the worst to me, has not improved as much. Am I seeing this right? If so, do you know why?

Nic Barker said...

I agree, Barbara. Any lameness in one foot has a knock on in other areas, and what I usually see is that the secondary areas improve faster.

For Lenny, I suspect the LF is the primary problem - or at least the foot he was lamest on when he arrived.

Any long term lameness takes time to resolve, and 3 weeks isn't very long for a horse who has been wrong for 18 months, off and on, so I am not too worried about the LF being slower as there was more to get right.

Ligeda said...

I agree LF was the worst but I did see great improvement. It was clearly toe first and now is nearly even, or better. Good job. :)