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Radiographs in February 2012 (courtesy of Dr Alison Macintosh)
showed an area of inflammation around the injury site but no evidence of any fracture, suggesting Rory’s bone was strong enough to withstand a traumatic impact that had pulled apart healthy lamella.
Despite years of grazing high-oxalate setaria pasture with no high-calcium feeds and very little calcium supplementation, plus many years of a low calcium and high magnesium diet, Rory does not show any signs of bone loss or bone weakness.
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In April 2012 a large abscess formed which exited the hoof at the coronet directly above the injury site. The abscess was still actively draining when the photo on the left below was taken 3 weeks after initial eruption. The photo on the right below was taken in June 2012, showing the abscess scar growing down the hoof; this photo also clearly shows the large lamellar wedge created in response to the injury.
UPDATE JULY 2013
Rory's injury is now just about fully healed, the disorted hoof capsule is close to regaining it's normal shape. The last of the lamella wedge should reach reach ground level within a couple of months - more than 18 months after the injury.
Rory is once more completely sound barefoot on all terrain.
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