Re: Review of rads #photo-notice and metabolic panel question #photo-notice

Lavinia Fiscaletti

Hi Laura,

It's the ESC+starch that you want to look at, which is going to be below WSC anyway.

Thanks for adding all the the rads.

To add to Dr. Kellon's comments, Ero's trim definitely needs to be addressed.

In the PPE rads, the toes were too long, sole depth was thin, HPA was broken back slightly. In the most recent rads, most of these issue are still present and have worsened.

Both feet have toes that are much too long, which is placing the breakover further ahead of where it should be and is likely the actual reason that you are seeing what is being described as WLD. The broken back HPAs have worsened, putting even more strain on the DDFT and navicular areas. RF is worse than the LF. Sole depth has improved since 2018 but at the cost of the HPA. Heels are more underrun than they were in the PPE.There is mild sidebone present, which points to long-term medio-lateral imbalances. Flaring is present in the walls. I can't see the heels to comment on them being contracted but the frogs are elongated and narrower than they should be (and are being over trimmed), which usually goes along with contracted heels.

Shoes won't fix any of the problems but they might succeed in hiding them for awhile. The trim itself needs to be corrected, whether you then put shoes on or not. I don't see any reason Ero needs to remain in shoes and see plenty of reasons to remove them. Glue-on shoes can be helpful for some horses, if they are thoughtfully applied rather than just used as a substitute for metal shoes. Padded boots are the better option during the transition (if needed), as you can change the padding frequently to accommodate his changing needs. It also allows for trimming on a more frequent schedule - which these feet may require initially to be able to stay ahead of growth that can out-pace the corrections. I'd recommend experimenting with wedged pads temporarily that will unload his heels and walls while simultaneously backing the toes to get the breakover set correctly. This will allow the heels to start to drop back into place without sacrificing the critical vertical height he is currently lacking in the back half of the feet.

Lavinia, George Too, Calvin (PPID) and Dinky (PPID/IR)
Nappi, George and Dante Over the Bridge
Jan 05, RI
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