X-rays of a friend's horse. Some help please.

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    08-22-2014, 09:23 PM
X-rays of a friend's horse. Some help please.


Trying to help a close friend out. She had X-rays done on her 13 year old TB gelding.

She was in and out of the hospital for part of the year, and relied on her BO to deal with his hooves, which meant barn farrier, since she wasn't able to go to the barn. Her health has improved, and she came to find her horse very underweight.

She moved barns and started using that barns farrier. She decided to get a second opinion on her horse's hooves, since even with 5 week trims her horse had major cracking.

She now has an AFA Journeyman certified farrier that came out. The farrier said it was a miracle he wasn't dead lame, and that he need major remodeling of the coffin bone after she had X-rays done. That he can't fix it but he can help it. He says this horse has never been trimmed properly.

So now she's understandably unsure and wants another opinion. She feels awful that her horse was neglected while she was ill, and just doesn't know what to do.

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    08-22-2014, 09:25 PM
Both fronts. It won't let me attach more then one photo
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    08-22-2014, 09:27 PM
Left front. This one the farrier says isn't to bad. I believe I got the right toe shot.
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    08-22-2014, 09:29 PM
Right Fronts.
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    08-22-2014, 10:00 PM
The above trim is 6 weeks old.

This is a fresh trim from the previous farrier
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    08-22-2014, 11:22 PM
From the x-rays, I see very thin soles along with a severely distorted hoof capsule: under run heels and a break over point set way too far forward for the particular foot. Does this horse have metabolic issues?

If I were shoeing this horse, I would start to bring the heels back (to the widest part of the frog would be ideal). Breakover needs to be set back much farther than where it is currently - with how far in front of the coffin bone the shoe is currently, it is acting as a lever and prying the toe so it migrates forward. This horse may also need pads and packing because the sole is so thin - this would also help ensure loadsharing throughout the bottom surface of the foot. I too am surprised that this horse is not lame.
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    08-22-2014, 11:58 PM
He has Lyme disease.

He was previously in wedges at the first barn. The farrier that has been doing took those off and he's been out of them for about 6 trims.
    08-23-2014, 03:52 AM
Alright, this is six weeks into a trim. Finally got her to send me some good shots. But OMG when she said bad, I really didn't think they were this bad. This guy seriously shouldn't be allowed to be a farrier. A lot came be blamed on the neglect at the 1st barn, but this farrier has been trimming him for a good 6 months, with trims every 5 weeks, up until this point where she fired him.

Right Fronts. He has a loose shoe. New Farrier will be out Monday to try and fix this mess.
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    08-23-2014, 03:53 AM
Left Front
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    08-23-2014, 03:55 AM
Both Fronts:
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