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Friday, 30 July 2010

By special request

The carer of this horse is working really hard to help her horse regain the feet she should have. It is not an easy journey, but they are making progress. These pictures have been posted by (their) special request.
These two solar views are 5 weeks and 4 days apart.  Progress is being made, albeit slowly.  Fortunately in this case the owner has plenty of patience.  The hoof in the first picture was pretty poorly.  The walls were very thin and crumbling and the sole, equally thin gave under thumb pressure.  There heels were small and frail.

In the second solar view, the sole is thickening up, it no longer gives under thumb pressure.  The walls are now thick enough to take a gentle roll and the heels are coming in quite nicely.

But if you draw an imaginary line horizontally across the heel bulbs - this is where you can see the real difference.  In the second photo they are plumper (a good thing).

The third and fourth photos are from the same horse. These show how the nail holes have grown out in the space of 3 months and the bull nose has dropped away.

These feet were predicted to crumble. But although progress is slow they are getting stronger all the time. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the horse's dedicated carer.

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