Lindsay Cotterell DAEP, Dip.IAZ

HOW HOOF IMBALANCE AFFECTS DYNAMIC TIMING OF STRIDE

 

4 YEAR OLD ARAB SHOD ALL ROUND.  

 

HOOVES DISPLAYING GOUGE MARKS ON DORSAL WALL OF BOTH HINDS.

 

VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN RIGHT HIND ELEVATED. UNEVEN MUSCLE/PELVIC ALIGHNMENT - LOWER LEFT SIDE

 

HOOVES SHOWING START OF UNDER RUN HEELS AND CONTRACTION

 

HOOVES ARE OUT OF BALANCE ON ALL PLANES AFFECTING DYNAMIC TIMING OF STRIDE RESULTING IN POSTURAL CHANGES, UNEVEN MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT AND DISCOMFORT EVIDENCED BY GOUGING OF DORSAL WALL OF BOTH HINDS DUE TO CLASHING WITH BACK OF FRONT SHOES.

 

OVER-REACHING CAN BE HEARD DURING WALK AND TROT  

 

ONCE SHOES ARE REMOVED HOOVES ARE RELATIVELY HEALTHY.AND HORSE EXPERIENCED IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT TO POSTURE AND DYNAMIC TIMING OF STRIDE WITH NO EVIDENCE OF OVER-REACH AND IMPROVEMENT HAS CONTINUED TO DATE.

 

AS POSTURAL DISCOMFORT IS ADDRESSED USING OSTEOPATHY/CHIRO ETC., HOOF STRUCTURES CONTINUE TO IMPROVE WITH A CONDITIONING PROGRAM AIMING TO COMMENCE COMPETING AT ENDURANCE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

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LEFT FRONT - BEFORE AND AFTER FIRST VISIT AND TRIM

 

THERE IS A DETERIORATION OF UNGULAR CARTILAGE RESULTING IN THE START OF CONTRACTED AND UNDER-RUN HEELS.   A LIGHT STRESS RING AND DIP IN THE OUTER WALL IS DISPLAYED AS A RESULT OF EXCESSIVE TOE FLARE/LENGTH AND  INCREASED LOAD DURING BREAK-OVER AFFECTING TIMING OF STRIDE.

 

LEFT HIND AFTER FIRST VISIT AND TRIM

RIGHT HIND PHOTO TAKEN AFTER 2ND VISIT APPROX 5 WEEKS LATER

 

YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE GOUGING OF DORSAL WALL AND AS WITH FRONTS, EXCESSIVE TOE FLARE AND IMBALANCE.

UPDATE 21/8/11 - "Just a quick update from the last ride... 30km in 3.05 hours average speed 10 km, his heart rate at the end was 42 which gave us a GRADE 1! He just floated over the ground there were stones, mud, grass, tarmac he just went beautifully and his feet look fine"!

 

UPDATE 2/8/11 - This horse has now achieved a GRADE 3 after completing his first 30 km Endurance ride!

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