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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Deviated hooves - now you see it now you don't

In April I started trimming a horse with a very interesting left fore.  Not only did it have an abscess hole (of which I will detail in another post) but it had a substantial deviation.

The horse has been trimmed regularly every 4-5 weeks and has continued with a reasonable workload and is now able to go over all surfaces without issue.  We still need to work on building up the back of the foot.
June '10

Sept '10

June '10

Sept '10


Wolfie said...

What an improvement! I am still surprised and amazed how quickly a foot can be repaired.

Sophie said...

It is pretty cool! But the horse (and owner) did the 'work'. I just kept the foot balanced and rolled :-)

And the work is important - movement stimulates the foot to grow, not just quantity but quality of foot too. And by working the horse got fitter so the 'stabiliser' effect of the deviation was not needed so much. Long may this continue :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for including the solar views. That "before" frog is so interesting, along with the heels!

Anonymous said...

is that just a before and after photo? the first being before you have trimmed the foot and the second after it has been trimmed? :/

Lucy Priory said...

Photos are dated - it took a few months. We didn't try and get the hoof to 'do' anything, we just facilitated it in reaching it's own optimum shape, as required by that horse. If the hoof had wanted to stay deviated then so be it.

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