Re: Lavinia Request for Hoof Markups Please

Lavinia Fiscaletti

Hi Cecile,

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

Your trimmer did a really nice job on the last trim. If he is still having trouble standing down on his heels now, don't lower them any further at this trim. Just back the toes some more and bevel them under - LF more than RF.  Leave his frogs alone. The RF looks like it may have a a high spot on the medial side, which may be why he isn't standing on it as easily as on his LF.

Did you cut the pads flat in the Soft Ride boots you were using or did they still have the frog support and wedge shape? If he prefers the SRs, then continue to use those. You may also need to continue experimenting with different types of pads to find what he likes the best. Being a small pony means you can get creative in trying pads as he's small enough that things like anti-fatigue mats or carpet underlayment might work.  Have his boots had aggressive bevels added to the treads at both the toes and the heels? If not, that needs to get done when your trimmer comes. See here for a picture:

Find  the boot and pad configuration that allows him to move with a heel-first landing. Keep in mind that due to the sinking, finding boots that will fit his heels correctly will likely be hard and that sore heels from ill-fitting boots will also affect how he walks/doesn't. Toe landings are never acceptable as they continue to do damage to his feet.

He should be on J-herb to help with growth and it will also mobilize any trapped material within the hoof capsule. Or you can use the Laminox - don't need both. You can add Devil's Claw if he needs pain relief.

LF lateral: The green line follows the angle of the new growth down towards the ground. There should be no wall in ground contact beyond the point where that line would hit the ground. Unfortunately, because the photo was taken looking down onto the foot, I can't really see if the breakover was set back enough or not. The blue area means to back up the toe if it is beyond where the green line would contact the ground.

LF sole: The rad chevron is where it appears that the tip of the frog is now. Solid blue line is where the ground contact should end, with the blue hashed area the toe that can be backed up. Rest of the bottom of the foot should be left alone, no frog or sole trimming. Bars should be slightly lower than the perimeter wall height.

RF sole plane: The blue lines run thru areas that appear to be taller than adjacent areas are. If that is the case, they need to be brought down level to the adjacent areas.

RF sole: Solid blue line at the toe is where to bring it back to. The blue hashed areas along the medial side are where it appears the foot is taller than adjacent areas - if so, bring those down to level with the adjacent areas.

Measure both collateral groove depths in each foot at about the midpoint of the foot - you want them to be the same depth and at least 1/2" deep.

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