To Regula, re 'heard it all', I sympathise! That's why I said 'unfortunately' it's a case of learning all you can... there're no short cuts I'm aware of, to good study.
Re the 'full v's partial sole support' IMO it depends on degree. For eg. if the toe sole is abscessed, bulging... penetrated then it's important this area is relieved, which can be done with a part pad, or cutting a crescent into a full one. In most cases I've dealt with however, I've found that a soft, full pad is fine - the aim is to help the horse be comfortable & therefore able to move about as soon as possible without pain *or further damage.
Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian View Post
We live in the foundered horse Mecca!
I thought I lived in the
foundered horse Mecca! I suspect there're a few about the place!
I said deep sand or shavings in a stall OR arena is good.
But wouldn't that equal sole pressure then? That's one thing I don't get about the 'sole off the ground' theory - surely if that's the desired aim, flat concrete should be better(& more comfortable) than yielding footing that negates long walls/peripheral loading.
when a horse stands and puts weight on weakened feet like this, thats when sinkage and rotation happens.
IME this happens when they put weight on weakened walls & have no support underneath to prevent 'sinking'.
next thing you know a horse that didn't start out that bad, has his bones punching through the bottom of his feet.
Getting off track here but I'm curious how you go about rehabilitating solar penetration?