A 5 yo Hanoverian/TB X gelding
Shoes were removed in December. The images represent his progress over the course of the next 5 months.
Left Front Foot
Fig. 1 Fig. 2
Transporting a horse might sound like an easy enough idea, however there’s more planning and action involved than one might think.There are many subjects to consider ranging from preparing the horse to actions that should be taken while in transit.One of the trickier areas is how to properly prepare your horse for trailer rides in regards to its legs, therefore the topic of bandaging and shipping boots will be covered in this post.Here are some tips to help create a hassle-free voyage for both you and your equine and will have him exclaiming ‘yay!’ instead of ‘neigh.’
Preparing Your Horse – Have your horse checked with a veterinarian within 4 weeks of the trip to make sure he is healthy enough to endure the journey and that he is up to date on all vaccinations. This is especially important if the expedition is long.Also, practice loading in and out of trailers with your horse, that way he can familiarize himself with the procedure.
What a Little Good Trimming Can Do
The horse in question, an 18 yo Appaloosa was retired from showing because of the non-specific diagnosis of caudal heel pain syndrome. Xrays confirmed the presence of ‘changes’ that were attributed to his discomfort. He was shod according to proper conventional veterinary standards for navicular, which did help to make him comfortable, but he still seemed stiff, definitely not agile, and, at the bottom of the pecking order would allow himself to be cornered and bullied rather than try and run away.
Right Front Leg Lateral View
a. With shoes b. Shoes Just Removed c. First Trim
5 yo TB/QH x, At His First Ever Jumper Show
Lovely Morgan Mare Rescued and Now Needs a Show/Lesson Home
Need to re-home a lovely Morgan mare that was rescued on her way to the auction. According to the vet, she is ~ 20 yo. Liver chestnut, no papers, sturdily built, ~15.2hh, no major health issues. UTD on everything. She supposedly has TMJ so doesn’t eat very coarse hay, but otherwise it doesn’t affect her. I feed her Triple Crown Senior Complete feed, and let her eat however much hay she likes.
Spry and sweet, she is great with kids. We have had her on trails, jumped, and assessed by trainers. Loads fine and is sound barefoot. She is a top notch mover for English Hunter and would make a wonderful kid or adult beginner show horse. She has enough traing to show successfully. She frames up, knows her stuff, and is easy to stop, turn, bend and accelerate in a snaffle. Eager worker but not spirited. No buck, bite, rear, or other issues.
Free to adopt with contract. I cannot ship, but know a shipper who has very good prices for me. We are located in Ridge, NY 11961.
Please contact me for further info and more pictures.
Christine EquineLI@yahoo.com 516 220 8812
Horse and rider right after a trim.
The mare is classified as a pony but is a QH, with large, horse-sized feet. She had fairly healthy feet to start with, with the exception of some minor flaring that was corrected over the course of the first two trims. This enabled her right lead canter to improve and helped with better lead changes.
Slight Medial Flare Flare has been corrected
Left Right Left Sole
She and her owner/rider have had a very successful 2007 showing season, winning Champion in Children’s Hunter Pony Division at the “Big E” Eastern Seaboard Exposition in MA, a finalist (8th place) in Marshall & Sterling National Finals at HITS in Saugerties NY, and Reserve Champion at Gardnertown Farms in Newburgh NY. They are now (February 2008) competing at HITS in Ocala, FL.
At the “Big E” In a Chronicle of the Horse ad congratulating M&S Finalists
(upper right hand corner)
OR POOR HOOF FORM?
The Morgan mare is believed to be about 15 yo. She was found at auction in MA. Due to her severe lameness (grade5/5 at a the walk), no one wanted her and for several weeks she wasted in the auction pens. She was shod, but according to the sellers it did not help, and even with Banamine she was completely lame on some days. She was in danger of getting picked up by a slaughter-bound truck when by chance the current owner found her and purchased her for $400.
(Click on thumbnails for larger views).
Left Hind AP Left Hind Lateral
This horse clearly has a very advanced case of high, apparently articular, ringbone. According to the veterinary diagnosis, it was the most severe case ever seen by that vet and the horse would never be sound for riding.
The ringbone is clearly visible even without radiographs and the mare frequently favored the Left Hind.
Moving on from what is visible on radiographs, the obvious confronts the viewer: the horse’s hoof form is terrible and overgrown, the result of neglect or ignorance. There is certainly more than enough cause here for lameness of some degree.
LH before, fig. 1 LH before, fig. 2 LH after, fig. 3
The bars on the Left Hind are clearly overgrown to the point where they are actually above not only the level of the sole but the wall as well, meaning the bar would be the first structure to bear the horse’s weight, upon weightbearing rather than the walls and sole. Since the foot is somewhat contracted and the wall and bar material are very hard (as is typical in Morgans), the bars are not folding over onto the sole, the effect for the horse being like stepping onto the dull edge of a knife with each step. No wonder she refused to put any weight onto that foot.
Fig. 1 shows the edge of the too-long bar (red arrow) as well as the desired location of the bar (blue dashed line). Fig. 2 shows the bar grown all the way around the apex of the frog (red arrows), also a source for pain. Fig. 3 shows the bars lowered and removed from the sole. After this trim the mare was much more willing to stand on this foot but was still lame on turns.
Having become more comfortable on the LH, she now exhibited more clearly lameness on the Right Front and is seen holding that foot behind her, a sign of pain.
Further investigation revealed deeply imbedded bar on the RF front, which when removed, produced immediate improved soundness.
Update: The mare has been under the new owner’s care for about six months now. After her first few trims she was able to place weight on her feet and move comfortably, so she was started on trail rides of increasing duration, sometimes as much as 4 hours long. After the very longest rides she would show some signs of discomfort in her hind legs, which presumably was the articular deposits being worn away from the hours of movement. (This will be confirmed in the coming months with new X-rays). But evn this discomfort is no longer present. It is apparent that the obvious pain and inability to place weight on the Left Hind was orginating from the large overgrown bar seen from the underside on the lateral side of the foot, even though this was never observed in the lameness diagnosis. The lameness was all attributed to the ringbone. She requires no boots on every kind of footing in the park where she trail rides.
4 yo Shetland Pony Mare
The pony had not been trimmed much until the time she foundered, and grazed on lush grass while under the care of the previous owner, resulting in a combination of probable metabolic and mechanical founder. Her X-rays and laminar wedge closeups appear in the posts below.
A tight regimen of frequent trimming as well as limited access to grass (using a muzzle) has been implemented, resulting in improved hoof form and a healthier body weight. The trimming focused on lowering the heels and backing up the toes, realigning the coffin bone parallel to the toe wall, as well as bringing it closer to a ground parallel orientation. The parallel hoof wall/coffin bone is a primary factor in the prevention of founder.
Somewhat difficult to see in the grass, but this is where the corrective trimming started, with high heels and very long toes. The red arrows at the toe show imminent coffin bone protrusion, along with a wide gulf separation between its edge and the wall. The bar, (red arrow), level with the frog, is high.
1 mo. 3 mos. 6 mos.
As the hoof wall grows down, the separation (all the way around the edge of the hoof) diminishes, and the white line becomes healthy and tight, enabling it to suspend the coffin bone in the hoof capsule.
1 mo. 6 mos.
By 6 months most of the hoof wall has grown down with less prominent rings. The remaining separation at the toe (red arrows) corresponds to the separation on the sole at the same time frame and will grow out in another month or so.