Negative Distal Palmar Rotation
These are x-rays of my mules hind feet June 13, 2007 taken at the Deer Park Vet Clinic. These x-rays confirmed that what presented itself to us on the outside as far as hoof capsule deformity, mimics what is going on inside the hoof capsule. These heels are much too low and toes much too long. The combination is forcing the coffin bone into an un-natural angle. The rear of the coffin bone "wings" should not be lower than the front tip. A slight rotation FORWRD of up to 5 degrees is acceptable and considered normal. This means that you should see the rear "wings" slightly higher on a flat plane than the toe. To the bottom left you will see how the hinds looked on November 4th, 2007. There is great improvement. Though the pics aren't taken on the same angle to the ground, I believe you'll agree that they look much better now. The image time intervals are about 4 1/2 months apart. During that time, through several trims, I worked the toe back and encouraged heel to build. He's moving much better as I watch from the ground. I can feel a difference in the way he moves while riding him. It's absolutely wonderful for both of us.
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