There is a lot going on with these hooves. I will bullet initial observations after each pair of pictures. These are limited - we will be able to tell more when the shoes come off.
For the first stage of the transistion to barefoot the owner is moving the horse onto a high forage, low sugar diet with mineral supplementation (not OTC). This stage will take four weeks as the horse is weaned off a packaged mix.
Right Fore Front, Left Fore Front
- Both feet show stress rings
- The top of the hooves is showing a significantly different angle of growth to that lower down, suggesting flaring
- Left front toe has been damaged, the owner reports an infection
- Stress rings very clear in left fore
- Heels appear underrun
- Although not clear both fronts have bull noses
- Lateral cartilages appear weak
- Both heels are contracted
- Palpitation revealed poorly developed digital cushion
- Heel contraction very evident
- Frog weak and thrushy
- Infection in the toes
- Bars are overlaid
I will post more pictures of these feet when the shoes come off - and I will post the hinds tomorrow.