REHAB (and other misc.) PHOTOS
This is why dissections are important! During a dissection when the wall and sole were removed, the lamina peeled away and what we saw was a perfect picture of the circumflex artery that feeds the hoof! See how it intertwines with the coffin bone? These are the kinds of experiences that are possible with relentless study of the hoof and it's anatomy. The only way to be able to do my job effectively from the outside is to make sure I know what goes on INSIDE!
January 2013- June 2015: A Morab mare - chronic laminitis caused by Insulin Resistance.
Pandora's beautiful right hind hoof after her second trim. This is an excellent example of "passive" quarters. The sides of the hoof do not appear to be making ground contact but when the hoof flexes at the point that it is fully loaded, that is where the hoof will be able to expand and fill with blood. Once the hoof comes off the ground, the blood will flow back up the leg!
December 2017 - This is going to be an ongoing case study for a mare at a rescue that I'm working on. She is a middle aged quarter horse who has been used hard for summer camps for many years. She has developed some low grade side bone and has very thin soles. For the winter, we opted to go with something that would keep her comfortable in turnout and while ridden lightly. I used felt in an Easycare Glove shell with the back cut out, glued on with Vettec adhere. So far, she is loving them!