Thursday, 23 August 2012

Really quite interesting...

Since I put up Eliza's 3 week update yesterday I suddenly realised that I ought to do Baloo's as well, especially since he arrived a day before Eliza(!). As is often the case, I didn't think his feet had changed that much so I was really interested when I started to compare the photos.
Already his foot is starting to look less like a stilt and more as if he could start to use it properly. When we filmed him on arrival he was already landing heel first, which surprised me, but clearly he is engaging the back of foot more.
This is his worst foot and his medio-lateral balance is poor as you can see from the sole and palmar hoof shots.
The points to compare are the heels and frog which are de-contracting nicely and beginning to load more evenly and the sole which is now heading in the right direction - becoming more symmetrical.
Don't freak out when you look at his palmar shots (well no more than you normally would at any of my hoof pics!). 
Although everything looks off-kilter, look at the digital cushion and you can see that the lateral side is actually less crushed now than it was, so we are heading in the right direction. 


jenj said...

REALLY interesting palmar shots. Do you know what caused the lateral side to be so dramatically crushed? An injury, perhaps?

Also, on the second palmar picture, the central sulcus seems to have created some sort of supporting structure right down the middle! I don't even know what to call that or how to describe it. Can you shed some light?

Eliza sure does have interesting feet, and it's exciting to see so many changes for the better in such a short time!

Nic Barker said...

HI Jen, This is actually Baloo, who is a TB ex-racehorse - Eliza's feet were yesterday but I know when you don't get mugshots too its hard to keep track! The "structure" in the second palmar shot is I think just the frog unfolding - thats what it looks like for now, anyway!

cptrayes said...

That's just what Ace's foot looks like. He's 6, dressage bred, and he has one front leg that hits the floor at an angle of 10-15 degrees off verticle, exactly matched by a foot that does the same.