Monday, 31 August 2020

More new feet: Libby's post

The second new arrival is Libby, another long term barefoot horse who has come to us because her feet have improved but plateaued out of shoes. 

She has a fairly complex history as she has had laminitis in the past as well as a diagnosis on MRI of bilateral DDFT and navicular bone damage. She has been out of shoes for some time but is still uncomfortable on hard uneven ground.

On video (which is below) she is landing heel first on the RF, flat on the LF and has a medio-lateral imbalance which means she is landing laterally on both feet, worse on the LF.

As you can see, despite the fact that she is landing well on the RF she has a long toe and under-run heel (worse on the LF) which we would want to see improve. 
Her feet are fairly flat and shallow, usually a sign of nutritional or metabolic problems, but as she has a history of previous laminitis this is not particularly surprising.
Despite her problems, there is lots to like in her feet, as she is happy to stand square, loads both feet evenly and has well-developed frogs. So we have a good starting point even if there is a lot of room for improvement!

Libby's footage is here:

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