High Heeled ShuffleThis horse had been lame on/off for two years. The list of issues
was lengthy. Movement resembled an old man with a Zimmer frame.
Compare the heel height in photo 1 with the good foot in photo 2. You can see the likely consequences for the pedal bone of the hoof in photo 1, even without an x-ray.
The high heel was added to with a further wedge. Note the event lines and rasped out toe.
|1 Compare the heel height with that of the photo 2 below|
|2 Dissection of an excellent hoof, note hairline at heel|
|3 Heel is the narrowest point of foot. (incorrect)|
4 Sheared and contracted heel, note excessive
The shuffling horse became something of a tank on overdrive when shoes were removed. Ridden work commenced earlier than usual in the rehab process because the horse was so strong in hand.
The photos below are just 7 weeks post de-shoe - change can happen fast in the right circumstances. The owner has worked hard to achieve this.
5 Same foot, seven weeks post deshoe, note
decontraction already happening
3 months post de-shoe and the horse is moving really well. Thrush is still an issue - it had got so deep into the foot under the pads and up into the sheared heel. But it is getting better. Horse jumped out of his field a time or two, so obviously feeling well. Congratulations to the owner for seeing this through and sticking with him.
6 No longer shuffling, hacking out several times a week
and jumping out of field (boots are overreach not hoof)