Alrighty, are we ready for some REALLY interesting radiographs?
We only did the fronts as the hinds should pretty much look the same as his LF. Pretty much, my speculations were true. There is a lot of remodeling of the coffin bone on both. A lot of loss on the RF(his worst foot) and a bit on his LF. The RF also has quite a bit of rotation.
He was walking better yesterday than he was at his last trim which I am glad about. He was such a little pro about getting up on the rad blocks, even better behaved than my pesky yearling LOL.
So without further adooooo....
His RF. As you can see, a lot of remodeling(the severe ski tip) bone loss of the tip of P3 and rotation of P3. Overall just a mess.
His LF. A lot better off than his RF but we've still got remodeling of P3.
I did a quick little draw over his RF to show where I THINK his P3 would be if it were whole(the red line) and where it SHOULD be(the blue line.) If anyone thinks I'm wrong, please please please feel free to correct me. This is just what it looks like to me, but I am new to reading radiographs so I could be totally completely wrong. But I figured the red line would show everyone the severity of the remodeling/rotation that he's got going on.
With all that being said, he will never have "normal" feet. I already knew that going into this thing, everyone involved already knew this. The rads just solidified things. This is definitely not a death sentence. He may never be normal, but he can be comfortable which is what we are gearing him towards. Like I said, he was a lot more comfortable this weekend than he was his last trim. I unfortunately did not have time to trim him this weekend, but I may be able to have my farrier help me out next weekend(granted he gets his truck engine replaced by then
) We shall see. If not, I'll be trimming him by myself. I think a break(2-3 weeks) is actually good for him at this point. I'm sure things are still shifting around and he's still getting used to his bigger range of movement.
ETA: I also just noticed that it looks like P2 has partially descended down into the hoof capsule on his RF. As his feet are worked on and improved, it should return to its normal position, or as normal as it can ever be in his situation.