|Yellar is a 1997 Quarter Horse gelding. I bought him in March of 2002. I am not sure exactly how long his feet had been this bad. He could barely walk. He had Eggbar shoes with pads and wedges.
When I started trimming I found that his front feet had absolutely no concavity. His feet were conpletely full of bar and sole horn, all touching ground.
|As you can see from this photo both of his front feet had crumpled toe wall. I estimate that the wall thickness was close to 2 inches.|
|From the side you can see the compression rings along the midpoint of the toe wall. The toe had been rasped back some previously.
The heel was extremely long, possibly nearing 3 inches.
Note also the lateral cartilages pushed up over an inch above the coronar band, also note the arch of the coronary band.
|From this heel view you can see that he has sheared heels, the right side is higher than the left. Also note on the right side that the wall near the coronary band was growing at an inside angle, inside the vertical.
You can see how much higher the heels were pushed up with the wedge pads.
You can also see how much contraction there is in the heels. The bulb areas are nearly touching.
|During the first trim I found numerous old abscess and bruised areas in the compacted sole/bar horn.
Because of all this horn the live sole horn had been compressed and was very thin.
There was a considerable amount of bar tissue pushed up into the hoof capsue, noted by the raised lateral cartilages. I dug bar for three consecutive days before I reached the bottom, approximately 1 1/2 inches deep. He was in much less pain and was able to move around much more easily.
|In this photo you can see the toe growth that has come down. His lateral cartilages are not as visible and there is a straighter hairline along the coronet.
There is also a stripe of color that shows the angle of the heel growth, still somewhat underslung.
I trimmed the very tip of the old growth on the toe off after I took this photo. He had a much easier breakover without the extra toe horn. At this point in his rehabilitation he was able to canter. A very lumbering canter. He was also feeling well enough that he did a great deal of bucking and kicking.
| December 2002
Yellar's front toes look nearly normal. He is still a bit underslung but getting better. He has decontracted dramatically. I am threatening to ride him soon.
|Update March 2005
Yellars feet are doing well. He is in the pasture bucking and running and jumping ditches.
I had ridden him a couple times. Physically he was fine.
I sent him back to his previous owner. She was thrilled to get him back.
Some photos of his feet just before he went home.
|The toe angle is still quite shallow. This can take many years to correct. My soft ground gives little reason for the wall to tighten more and grow closer to the bone. Also a factor may be the bone itself. Many times the bone forms a ski-tip trom pressure while the heels are long. The wall follows this upward slope as it grows.
But compared to the amount of toe wall he had originally I am very pleased with how he progressed.
Heel growth forward is still obvious by the stripes in the hoof wall.
While a sound hoof is possible within a reasonable amount of time, perfect looking feet can take many years.
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