Friday 18 October 2019

Frank's five week update

The most obvious point about Frank's photos is that they show very little outward change.
His stance is better but there is no dramatic change in angle and his frogs were good to being with and so don't show changes in width, particularly, 

However, as is often the case the photos don't really tell the story because his feet are much better and as a result he is moving much more freely. 

I'm including these for completeness but they don't really give much away. Skip to the video instead, if you prefer.

It's also worth remembering that feet which look fine in photos don't necessarily function well. On arrival Frank probably had the most "normal" looking hooves but was far less sound than Apollo, for instance.

Frank's footage is here; I am most pleased about the improvement in straightness:

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Apollo week five update

Comparing Apollo's photos its good to see that his toe is shorter now and his heels less under-run. He is also a lot more feathery but that's just what happens in five weeks with a cob.

This is not a terribly clear comparison but you can see that he already had a good strong frog and a solid foot. His landing was already quite established when he arrived so we had plenty to work with. 
I would normally add his lateral shot here but the feather makes that a bit impractical as all you can see is hard, so I've left that off for this run of photos. 

This foot was his better foot to start with so there is not as much change as on his left foot, suggesting he was already more comfortable on this side. 

This is a slightly clearer sole shot and you can see that even on this foot his heels are less under-run and his frogs more robust than they were, all good signs.

Apollo's stomping footage is here:

Monday 14 October 2019

Amy's 5 week update

The weather has been so wet here that we've struggled to get footage and photos, mostly because its been so dark, but rehab continues no matter what the weather, so new updates are urgently needed! 
I am pleased with how Amy's feet are changing because she started with very mis-matched feet which clearly showed how little she had been using her RF. There is still a big difference but they are slowly booming more of a pair. 
Her feet didn't look too bad on the initial sole shots but you can see how little she was using her frog and heel. Now its a more functional foot, with a heel which is less under-run and more supportive. 

Shorter hoof wall and a frog which is working harder are good signs here. 
 On this foot, the long toe and under-run heel are looking much more business-like now, and her feet are starting to work together more effectively.

Again, the sole shots don't look too bad but her foot is looking stronger today. 

 Amy's comparison footage is up here: