Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Ted's updated footage

I've posted Ted's updated photos on previous posts...
His photo day one is above, of course, and the most recent comparison below. 
It looks peculiar until you look at the angle of new growth in the top of the hoof.  Now imagine the whole hoof growing down at that same angle.  You can see what a difference that will make to his long toe and underrun heel. 
As always, the solar view is the most useful.  Above is his LF a couple of days after his shoes came off.  The shod photos are also up on this blog but don't give you any idea of how his sole looks because the shoes completely covered his hooves. 
Today the same foot to my way of thinking looks healthier - a more robust frog, better balance and a shorter toe (despite how odd it looks on a lateral view). 
 and I think its clear from these how much his feet are changing, and in what direction.
It won't be as splayed as this once the whole hoof is at the new angle - honest :-)
Finally, the caudal shot.  In his bar shoes, with relatively high hoof wall (look at the distance from hairline to the ground on both sides)...
...and today.  Comparing the same distance (hairline to the ground) you can actually see the bulge which marks where the new angle of growth begins.  You can also see that the lateral wall was a lot longer than the medial wall - again look at the bulge; the new hoof capsule will have a different medio-lateral balance.  

I've also put up footage of how he is landing, and its interesting that he has taken a lot longer than many horses to start to land heel first, probably because his foot balance was so compromised and his caudal hoof so weak to start with.

I normally try also to get footage of rehab horses on a circle but the grim weather we have had here over December and January made it difficult to get that footage outside.

I've remedied that now, but when you watch it you need to understand that it was filmed when the arena was partially frozen, so not the best surface(!) and that Ted has always been worse on the left rein, with his LF being the foot with the most damage on MRI.

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