For Members Who Need Trim Evaluations, Tue, 6/6/17 #cal-notice
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For Members Who Need Trim Evaluations
Trim is often the “missing link” in regaining and maintaining soundness. Because your equine friend deserves the best hoof care possible, the ECIR Group is glad to assist anyone wanting trim evaluations. To do this, we need some specific help from you:
1. Good Photos: Hooves are a 3-D object that we are evaluating using a 2-D medium. That places us at an immediate disadvantage. Good hoof pictures - of clean feet, taken from the correct angles, with good light and non-cluttered backgrounds - enable us to do this as accurately as we can. It helps the volunteers compensate for not actually "being there" to pick that hoof up or crouch down on the ground and look at it up close. Good photos help eliminate and/or clarify some of the variables that play a part in our ensuing recommendations. We understand that this may be awkward to accomplish but it is essential for providing the necessary info we need to help you help your friend. Although the front feet are where everyone tends to focus, providing pictures of all four hooves is encouraged. Anything that affects the front feet will also affect the hinds, although often to a lesser degree. If there are trim issues in front, there will also be trim issues behind as it is usually the same individual caring for both sets of hooves.
The sooner we get clear and usable photos, the sooner we can assess and make specific, thorough recommendations. Go here for instructions for taking good hoof pictures.
2. Proper Identification of your photos: Having to guess whether a hoof is front/hind, left/right makes helping your horse doubly difficult and the Photo Section of the group chooses its own order when loading your shots so you can't count on them being uploaded in any particular order. Identification of individual hooves can be as simple marking LF, RF, LH or RH with a magic marker on the appropriate hoof before snapping the shots. For dark hooves try a metallic silver marker or use marked masking tape as a “label”. Please note that “left” refers to the horse’s left (near side) while “right” refers to the horse’s right (off side).
3. X-rays: Radiographs are always a bonus as they clearly reveal what is going on inside the walls where our human, non-superman vision cannot penetrate. With the advent of digital x-rays, however, the cost of a basic set has risen considerably. We understand if this just isn't an option but x-rays are never a waste of money when hoof problems are present and sometimes are an essential ingredient to a good outcome. If you are going to have x-rays done, here are some tips on making the most of your investment.
Hope this helps with the "why" of your volunteers' repeated requests for good hoof shots.
If your equine does not have PPID or IR, your photos go in ECHoof. This is where all conversation about Non IR and PPID hooves takes place. Upon joining you will be sent instructions about how to get your photos uploaded. Before emailing your photos please read and follow Getting Good Hoof Photos and Naming Photos and Xrays.
If your equine does have PPID or IR your photos go in Your Photo Album located in the case history photo section. Once you have posted and correctly named your photos post a message in the main ECIR asking for evaluation.
-Owners, Moderators & Primary Response Team of the ECIR Group