Re: New pretrim pictures posted for mark-ups #photo
I've added the latest mark-ups to Bugsy's album:
Huge improvements since you started this campaign and Bugsy has been the beneficiary of all your hard work. I would recommend continuing to do a once weekly soak with the ACV but pack with the goo only if you notice any kind of tenderness in those heel cracks. Keep this up until the "butt cracks" heal up entirely. That crack on the lateral wall of the RF is just the thinning, damaged wall disintegrating as it grows out. Just rasp that entire area away as it's within the flaring wall that is being removed. It appears as if there is definite concavity developing. This starts in the center and moves its way out toward the perimeter. The flatter areas out toward the perimeter are areas that haven't yet developed enough sole thickness so just be patient:
On any surfaces where he isn't comfortable, continue to use boots until he has developed enough sole to be comfortable. Working him barefoot on surfaces he IS comfortable on is fine. Also remember that feet adapt to whatever surface they spend the most time on, so eventually he will need to acclimate to harder/sharper surfaces on a regular basis if you are going to ride on these types of surfaces. Or, he'll need boots for those times while remaining barefoot where he rsides.
At this point, the continue to remove all the flaring in the lower 1/3 of the walls so it remains out of ground contact. When beveling the from the bottom, don't invade the soles - keep the bevels confined only to the walls. Heels are the biggest ongoing correction, while the walls are mainly a maintenance issue now. Generally, remember to be very targeted in what you DO and in what you DON'T do. It's OK to NOT touch parts of a foot if they don't need any work.
RF dorsal: Green lines show where to keep removing those flares all around. You can see them quite clearly if you put your face next to the leg and look straight down on the hoof from above. You'll see how the tight the new growth is and where the older, damaged, disconnected material flares away from that tight growth. Just keep rasping that flared material inward until it matches the angle from above, then finish the bottom with a bevel to keep what remains out of ground contact.
RF lateral sole plane: Green line shows where the flare is. Blue hashed area is the remaining laminar wedge in the toe area. Blue arrow that goes from the crack to the heel buttress is where to heavily rasp/bevel that area completely away so that is no longer part of the weight bearing. Leave the bar at it's current height at what was the heel-bar junction. This helps the heels to relax down and back while preserving the overall vertical height. Check out this link, esp. Figures 2,3,4:
Purple arc is where the bevel at the toe is now - remove the damaged material ahead of this but don't bevel behind this point.
RF sole: Purple arc is the same as the one on the lateral sole plane view. You can see the black sharpie mark you made at the front edge of the bevel ahead of this line but the actual bevel starts at the purple line. All the blue hashed areas need to be removed so the overall foot becomes smaller and tighter to the perimeter of the sole. Blue arrows are where the bars need to be made into the weight bearing structures so the connected blue-hashed wall areas need to be beveled out of ground contact there. Yellow hashes are along the edges of the bars, where a bit of tidying up is needed. Don't do too much, just define that edge a bit more.
LF dorsal: Same as RF.
LF lateral sole plane: See RF, same view.
LF sole: Same idea as the RF, just the bars aren't ready for defining just yet.
RH dorsal: Medial flare more pronounced than lateral one at this point. Keep in mind that the hinds tend to be more oval in shape than the fronts but with the extensive flaring of the heels, the foot is currently looking much rounder. Once you get those flares controlled, and the heels back in and under the horse, they will suddenly look a lot more oval.
RH sole: Follow the discussion regarding the fronts. There has been much more beveling of the fronts than the hinds, so adding a stronger bevel all around will help control the wall flares and ease the breakover at the toe.
LH dorsal: Mirror of the RH.
LH sole: Same as the RH.
Lavinia, George Too, Calvin (PPID) and Dinky (PPID/IR)
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Jan 05, RI