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Quimero
initial x-ray unusable x-ray
This first x-ray was taken at A&M with a conventional machine and is under developed a little. Lack of a dorsal wall marker does not allow enough information to be taken from this x-ray. Notice minimal sole depth. This x-ray was unuseable. Quimero had shifted his weight to his back feet as the view was taken.
P3 has penetrated the sole 4.13.2004 X-ray of left front taken as Quimero is prepaired to transport to Aubrey Equine Clinic Aubrey, Texas. Dr. Bruce Lyle preformed tendon surgery on both front and hoof capsules were repositioned around the boney column. Both hooves were shod with Rocker toed rail shoes. The purpose of this shoe was to wedge the back of the hoof, reducing strain on the deep flexor tendon. The rails, combined with inpression material shifts load bearing off the hoof wall and distributes the weight across the whole hoof, reduceing sheer forces on the lamina. The toe is rockered in front of the tip of P3, reducing the ground resistance force on the front of the hoof. The GRF holds the hoof on the ground, loading the deep flexor tendon.

P3 has penetrated the sole. I applied a wooden shoe cut from a 2x6. The hoof surface of the board was scooped out so there was no contact with the bone. The back of the hoof was packed with dental impression material for support. The shoe was attached with dry wall screws.

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frontal view

Palmar view with P3 penetration

view of front feet

The pictures above were taken the first time I saw Quimero. The palmar view shows a reverse shoe. The crack at the end of the frog is penetration by P3. The other two pictures are medial-lateral and AP views of the front hooves. Quimero was in considerable pain. I contacted Dr. Lyle to schedule the work to begin the next morning. His comment was,"No, you are not going to leave this horse in pain another moment". We began design and construction of the wooden clogs over the phone. Dr. Lyle was at an AAEP convention in Florida. I traced the x-rays and emailed them to his hotel. He sketched his design of the clog and emailed it back to me. This was 2004, we were not into scanning pictures of x-rays and emailling them at the time. The clogs were applied that evening, getting Quimero up off his coffin bones and "Q" was shipped to Dr. Lyles clinic for tendon surgery, hoof remodeling and shoeing. Dr. Lyle flew back to the clinic the next morning as we got into town with "Q" about the same time. It has taken close to Three years of everyone doing their part and working together to get "Q" back to work. In 2004, "Q" was ready for his debut @ Grand Prix dressage. In 2007 "Q" has made his Grand Prix Debut. He placed top 6 in Texas Dressage Freestyle Classic. Right now "Q" is takeing a little time off from showing for a few months and we have pulled his shoes and he does great bare foot. "Q" has approx. 20mm sole depth. We rocker the toe dramatically from the foward pillars to aid in breakover and reduce tendon tension.

 
x-ray tracing with support clog
Texas farrier's notes
Above is the original tracing I did of the right front hoof (left front hoof below). I emailed this to Dr. Lyle. He sketched in his clog design and emailed it back. The form on the right is my own documention. - Ron
texas farriers drawing of front left hoof
work drawing for Quimero
Quimero's x-rays 11.26.03

Progression of "Q":

Initial work 11/26/03

 
Quimero's x-rays 12.18.03
12/18/03  
Quimero's x-rays 8.28.04
08/28/04  
Quimero's x-rays 10.15.04
10/15/04  

 

02/02/05

 

03/15/07

 
   
  Quimero in 2007 ... see testimonial

Right now "Q" is takeing a little time off from showing for a few months, we have pulled his shoes and he does great bare foot. "Q" has approx. 20mm sole depth.

We rocker the toe dramatically from the foward pillars to aid in breakover and reduce tendon tension.

Thanks y'all !!!

- "Q" - Quimero's web page

Shoes were removed and Quimero trimmed May 14, 07. "Q" will remain barefoot until he returns to show.

That was not long .... Quimero in 2007

Quimero training Grand Prix third in 2007

 
 

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