Tuesday, 19 January 2021

New arrivals part 2

 Following on from yesterday, here are the photos and footage for our other new arrivals, starting with Astro. 

Astro has been diagnosed on MRI with navicular bone and DDFT damage with some additional damage to the LF. He was in bar shoes when he arrived but has coped well with coming out of shoes and is comfortable on a variety of surfaces. 
This is his better foot and he has a flat/slight heel first landing on this foot compared to a flat landing on his LF. These are not the strongest looking feet, with narrow frogs and weak hoof wall, not to mention a distorted hairline (visible in the top photo) which is usually a sign of uneven load. 
His frogs though, which are always the most important factor in rebuilding palmar hoof strength, are in reasonable shape and his digital cushion could be a lot worse. This is the foot on which he can already land heel first, which is a good sign. 
Although its historically a weaker foot I suspect he may have been switching to compensate, which we see quite often, as this foot looks as if it has been working harder than the other foot (its less boxy) up until recently. 
Ultimately there is lots to work with here so we will monitor Astro's progress carefully over the next few weeks. 
Astro's footge is here: https://vimeo.com/501426336

Next up is Isla, veterinary history to follow, but when we filmed her on arrival her landing was better (heel first) on the RF than the LF (toe first). 

Her lameness was previoulsy worse on the RF so (as with Astro) it is possible that the change is a compensation as usually (as with the horses we looked at yesterday) the pathology on MRI is bilateral even though the lameness may be only in one side. 
She has reasonable frogs but they should definitely develop over the next few weeks - when you look at her foot from this angle the frog is quite weak and has not been fully load bearing. 
This is her weaker foot at the moment with a more under-run heel than the right (which is more upright). She has a farily long toe, which usually corresponds with an under-run heel, and this is something we would want to see improve once she is landing better. 
Again, though, there are plenty of good points, with a fairly healthy frog and moderate digital cushion. 

Isla's footage is here: https://vimeo.com/501425752

And finally we have Jules, who like Astro arrived in shoes, in her case with pads as well. 

Jules has quite strong looking feet but the sole shot shows a frog which we would expect to see build quite considerably. As with Mojo yesterday, the curved bars are a sign of a contracted heel and the frog also looks pinched; this should change fairly quickly. 

A reasonable digitaul cushion and, in common with Isla, long hoof wall that will likely chip and shorten naturally over the next week or so. 
When we filmed her Jules was landing toe first on both front feet, worse on the RF. 
She also has an unusual medio-lateral imbalance where she is landing on the medial rather than lateral edge of her RF. There is evidence of this in her sole, where the medial side has a less under-run heel than the lateral (it is usually the other way around). 
Jules' footage is here: https://vimeo.com/501426019 and there will be plenty more on all the rehab horses over the next few days. 


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