Wednesday 6 October 2021

12 week comparison photos: James

James is going home tomorrow so I am posting a set of comparison photos with his initial pictures as the upper of each pair. 


The band of new growth is clear to see and is even more obvious if you run a hand down the hoof capsule. It will result in a shorter toe once it's completely grown in. 

You can see the start of better concavity in the sole and his frog and heels have also developed. There should be more of this to come over the next few months. 

The central sulcus splits are healed and as long as he continues to land heel first should not cause him any problems. 

Again, the new growth will result in a shorter toe and more supportive palmar hoof as his hoof capsule grows in. 

A much healthier frog - you can see that his feet are asymmetric but are nevertheless balanced on landing; this is dictated by his conformation and is unlikely to change. 

I've posted James' footage previously so if you would like to see his progress have a look back at earlier blogs. 

Sunday 3 October 2021

Crumble's 3 week update

How is it October already? Anyway, time for an update on Crumble, who arrived 3 weeks ago, time keeps marching on and so do the feet on the rehab horses...!

After only 3 weeks there are no dramatic changes to see yet. There is a change in angle which you can see highlighted by the band of white hoof - this should be clearer in a few more weeks when the angle change will have grown in further. 

These are feet which are working a bit harder now than when she arrived so we are seeing her frog start to develop  - again this will be more evident when we compare again a bit further down the line. 

Sorry - not the best angle, I will try to get a better comparison next time...

As with the other foot, we will watch the angle of the white hoof, which gives a nice clear demarcation. The changes will be easier to see in a few more weeks. 

It has actually been really tricky to get photos as it is so dark compared to a few weeks ago - and this is at mid day as well - I don't know why but I never get used to how much we lose the light at this time of year.