Shackleford Banker Pony mare Leila 21 year old mare about 12 hands high this was her RF foot that she was bearing weight on for 4 years. So she has a positive sole plane angle, normal H/L zone, excellent sole depth and good breakover and DIP joint balance Never touched by farrier
Leila’s hind foot Excellent horn quality Never touched by farrier
What is normal? So bottom line for easiest to remember; FIVES Picture adapted from Redden, R. Understanding Laminitis. The Blood Horse,Inc, Lexington, Ky. 1998. P.44 and Page,BT,Bowker,RM;Ovnicek,RJF &Hagen,TL: How to Mark the Foot for Radiography. 45 AAEP pp148-150.
These are the 5 measurements we have felt to be the most helpful from lateral radiographs?
Proximal and distal dorsal wall thickness (H/L zone 1 and H/L zone 2)
Sole depth at the tip of P-3
Sole plane angle of P-3 (palmar/plantar)
P-3/P-2 joint support (position of shoe/trim around P-3/P-2 joint)
Break-over distance (Break-over of shoe/trim to tip of P-3)
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Thanks to all the owners, veterinary students, Merck-Merial summer program, veterinarians and farriers who have helped me help horses and think some of these ideas; and Sue Stuska for this case though …. it is still a work in progress, but also still fun!!!!