|Left = Before/Right = After|
|Heel view post trim|
This is the foot from 'Are you being kept in the dark?' If you look at the Before picture you will see that it looks like 1'000s of other cob feet across the globe. Only this one is attached to a horse that has been in a box for 9+ months with laminitis which has not resolved. Advice has included PTS. Upon shoe removal the owner was advised that the feet could not be trimmed because there was nothing to take off.
In the partly cleaned photo the chalk has been scraped (not cut) from the sole and the bars have been started. Wall height shows just how high the walls have become. That is a standard hoof pick for comparison purposes. Walls should not be the sole weight bearing mechanism for a horse, it causes all sorts of problems. You can see that prior to trimming this horse had no option but to largely walk on his walls. With laminitis, that was probably quite painful and not at all helpful for the healing process.
The trimmed view (solar) shows a rather different foot. Longer than wide, the stretched white line at the toe is now clearly visible. The quarters which had looked flared, now look quite tight and much of the gunk in the walls and around the frog and on the sole has gone.
The final view across the back of the foot shows a frog which can now be properly engaged. It is slightly prominant but it will flatten and toughen quite quickly. The hoof is no longer peripheral loading and the true state of the sole can be seen.
This foot has been trimmed to the AANHCP guidelines, which seek to facilitate nature rather than work against it.
This horse now has limited turnout onto a nettle patch, which he loves and will shortly be going out onto a track. Photos when we have them.