Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Feet can sometimes change fast

I thought I would post these photos following on from the comments I had on Monday's post. The fact is that hooves can change very quickly, and certainly much faster than the months which we are told it takes in textbooks to grow a full hoof capsule. 
Buddy has been here nearly a month and he had terribly flat feet when he arrived as you can see from looking at the shallowness of his collateral grooves. This is his better foot but you can already tell that it is a much more "functioning" foot than it was.  
From the lateral view you can see his long toe and under-run heel and that the hoof pastern axis isn't right. 
 In a month he hasn't grown that much hoof but already, if you compare, what IS growing is at a new angle.
This is his worse foot and the foot with the most contracted heel and frog.
Again it was very flat and as always the external reference points for assessing sole depth are the collateral grooves, which are improving in the photo a month further on. 

As with his LF, there is a new angle of growth on his RF too and to my eyes the bulge in the hairline is also starting to improve. Buddy has been in gradually increasing work for a couple of weeks now and so far so good - things are heading in the right direction. 

1 comment:

Krista said...

Wow. Every time I see his feet I am astounded at the change. It is utterly incredible. That angle of new growth just shows how long his feet were, even after being modified by the remedial farrier. These are exciting times. Thank you Nic and go Buddy!!