Left front solar
What was left of the abscess cavity
Right hind--the current problem child
These photos were all taken this week:
This is the problem with his hinds--he toes way out, which places most of
his weight on the lateral walls of his hooves. Obviously, this wears the lateral
walls more, which means the medial walls are higher. Also means the medial heel bulbs
are smaller and less developed. Basically, lots of imbalance.
Here, you can see how the frog has moved towards the medial wall
His right hind medial heel has been confusing me lately--part of the heel sort of sloughed away,
so it's almost like the collateral groove goes all the way to the heel bulb.
The frog has also moved so far medially that it's over the collateral groove
You can really see here how much higher the medial wall is
For comparison, here are some older pictures of the same hoof:
Winter (Jan/Feb) 2012
Obviously, I will talk to Candy tomorrow during Salem's trim and see what she thinks is going on with this hoof and whether or not we need to change something about our game plan. But I also like to get lots of different perspectives, so I would appreciate any thoughts/comments/ideas that you all might have. Do you think this imbalance needs to be addressed, and if so, how? Or should I take a Rockley approach and let it be? I've been on the fence about this one.
In other news, I finally found a mostly-okay footing area at the new place, so I've slowly started putting Salem back to work. We're just doing some walk/trot longeing and groundwork for now, in an attempt to get his muscles back in shape and hopefully help his hooves out as well. I *will* be riding this handsome boy sometime soon (fingers crossed)!