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post #1 of 4 Old 10-13-2014, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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What do you see in these x-rays?

I'm finally getting a chance to post this, so here goes. This is my friend's horse ( the one with the lingering abscess ). They were taken a few days after a trim and about a week before the abscess popped. A few people mentioned posting these here, so any knowledge shared would be greatly appreciated

Side view - her toes were even more flared ( and not rolled at all ) before the trim, and they still look pretty bad here. Her heels were also very under-run.

Front view - what is up with the upper right corner of P3?

Bottom view - you can see the dark spot on the right, which is what the vet said was a "possible abscess pocket". It is right in the area below where the abscess popped.
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Hi, be great to see the pics that go with these rads. Yes, toes obviously quite long, and there will be a heap of 'stretched', compromised lamellar material, ripe for the picking of seedy bugs. Could be an abscess in that quarter, due to seedy or otherwise. Looks like a significant 'founder' dent near the top of the wall too. The upper right hand side of P3 is chunky like that because of 'side bone' which is ossification of the lateral cartilages, so common it's considered a 'normal' part of aging.
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I don't have any critique photos, but I'm going out tomorrow and will try to get some. Her toes are very stretched, I trimmed and rolled the hoof and even beveled the toe from beneath to relieve some of the leverage. There was definite old bruising/tearing in the laminae. I have trimmed her twice now ( once just before the x-rays and once again 2 weeks ago ) and will be touch-up trimming her every 4 weeks to address the issues.

The abscess has already popped, so we're out of that "frying pan". There is a huge dip as you've mentioned, though I don't think "founder" ever came up ( I know that doesn't mean it didn't happen, just possibly unnoticed as she wasn't "off" ).

As for the possible side-bone, as a matter of aging, this horse is only about 8 years old. What are the possible effects on her long term soundness/health?
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As for the possible side-bone, as a matter of aging, this horse is only about 8 years old. What are the possible effects on her long term soundness/health
I dont see anything I would call side bone. What you are seeing on the front view is a normal wing of the coffin bone. The lateral wing is usually a little bigger than the medial on a mature horse, simply because horses naturally land on that side, and the bone is stimulated to grow in response.
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