An update, we casted Laz's RH hoof weeks ago and I'm not happy at all with how it grew out.
I feel the whole hoof capsule grew out forward and incorrect. Especially in heel/toe area.
I also felt from the beginning that the cast was too tight/close to his medial heel bulb
Here is his hoof after cast was removed (I tried removing it on my own and could NOT do it)
Terrible angles...poor Laz.
The heel bulb, ugh. Look at those heels too--so high and under run
A day later, after hoof cast removal, his medial wall started to crack at quarters.
I can see the lateral side hoof wall is higher too...look at hairline
It's been months/years since I felt so let down
We usually have great results from the casting. Not this time.
I decided to let his hoof be for a few days before I did any alterations.
I'll have update photos soon and since I rasped those heels/toe back he started walking SO much better. I did a little at a time, every other day to give him time to settle into it.
Here is his hoof back in 2011
Better angle to me although quite diseased or full of laminar wedge..
This hoof...boy this hoof...!!!
I hope to get some better results soon by using my eye and not casting for a while....
I'm just really miffed to have gone backwards with his growth/angle/shape.
I'm not sure why?
By no means is this a slam on my farrier. I know he truly TRULY cares and tries very hard. This is a very tricky hoof. My feeling is to take that toe back but that could lead to more soreness...slow attempts are my best bet. We talk a lot during his trims about angles and what to try, not try, etc.
I just wish I had a clear vision of how to best help his hoof. It's not in soakings (I've done how many hundreds of soaks/thrush treatments, etc--tried it ALL)
For now...I'm taking those heels back/toe back and he's liking it and walking/weighting it nicely.
Apple picking time
Apple picking time
MI apples are the best. They crack when you bite into them. DEE freakin lic
My instagram pony pic..Sunday snuggles with this most handsome stink face!
Billy rubbing down Laz who was telling him "Iz vury itcheeee"
Doing a little hoof work
Why, why haven't I bought a hoof jack yet? I don't know. Stupido.
Riding home (I'm the passenger for those that are judging) and Mason's velvety ears are happily flapping in the breeze.