Re: Bullitt - Body condition and Hoof Questions

Lavinia Fiscaletti

Hi Sarah,

I've added mark-ups to Bullitt's album:

Generally speaking the trim doesn't look too shabby, although it does need a bit of tightening up. Trimming minis can be a bit like playing Twister, as it's difficult to access the medial side of the feet easily and hard to see what you're doing even when the mini is being helpful. I always carry knee pads with me so I can kneel down for longer periods to get a somewhat better view of things. Measuring both of the collateral groove depths in each foot to be sure they are the same will help you to get the wall lengths even in each foot. Also aim to keep the wall length beyond the level of the sole plane even on both sides of each foot and not allow it to get too long overall: 1/8" in a mini is about what to aim for. Toes on the fronts need to come back a bit more, hinds can use a solid roll to them. Medial walls, esp. on the hinds, appear to be longer. Heels are underrun all around, tho improved over a few years ago.

Have a read here on using the collateral groove depths and on how to get the heels to move back more:

The uneven hoof walls are likely contributing to his hesitancy to walk out briskly. His insulin was still higher than it should be, even tho it was just within the lab's reference range. There may also be a PPID component as his ACTH was barely controlled in May and we are now heading into the seasonal rise, which will pushing that number upward again. It appears you did raise his pergolide dose after the May blood work results but that likely isn't enough to keep his ACTH solidly within the reference range during the rise - another dose increase may be in order. Tightening up his diet would also be in order - which I know you are working to do. If you are feeding any of the hays that are in your case history, none is safe to feed without soaking - and even then, that may not be safe enough as the analyses were done by NIR rather than wet chem methods, so the ESC and starch numbers aren't reliable. Getting their diets tightly mineral balanced to the hay analysis, rather than using a commercial supplement, would help.Or possibly switching to all ODTBC rather than a mix with the hay.

LF dorsal: Yellow lines follow a couple of the growth rings on the medial wall: note the upward bulging areas. When you follow the tubules in those bulges to the ground, you find those areas to be a bit taller than the adjacent wall. Taking them inward to align with relative location of the adjacent walls will alleviate those long-standing disparities. The blue area is where to back the toe a bit more to shift the breakover back.

LF lateral: Orange line shows where the heels should be - which is what you're working toward. Blue area corresponds to the blue area on the dorsal view and is where to move the toe back more, esp. at ground level.

LF sole: Solid blue lie shows where the perimeter of the hoof should be. Blue hashed areas are what needs to be brought inward. Rasp the wall out of weight bearing in the heels, so that only the bar-wall juncture is weigh bearing. See figures 2 and 3 in the above link for more info. Yellow areas are pieces of the frog that are overhanging the collateral grooves and also covering some of the heels themselves, so can be trimmed away. Leave the rest of the frog alone, as well as the sole. Orange lines are where to ramp the heel buttresses back toward the heels to help get the heels to start moving back.

RF dorsal: Same idea as the LF, with similar growth ring bulges present.

RF lateral: Orange line shows where the heels should be. Green line is a visual for where the dorsal wall should align. Blue area is where to back the toe some more.

RF sole: Same idea as the LF.

LH dorsal: Follow the discussion for the fronts.

LH lateral: Same idea as the fronts, just be careful not to lower the feet too much when working to move the heels back, as that is counter-productive.

LH sole: Again, same idea as the fronts. Really pay attention to the wall length so that the medial walls don't inadvertently end up longer than the lateral ones. The broken out areas of wall tell you that the wall length that is beyond the sole pane is too much, so adjust accordingly.

RH dorsal: Similar to the other 3, except the excess wall length issues are more subtle.

RH lateral: Follow the discussion for the LH.

RH sole: Again, same idea as the LH. Add ramps to the backs of the heels in the same way as the other 3 feet.

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