Lambing is well on the way, in fact its down to the last 100 Ewes. That aside, here is the latest on the Patient!
This is almost two weeks after the Lameness, and Box rest. You can see the left leg has significantly reduced swelling. Also notice the severe crack in the hoof? This happened 5 days ago. The hoof wall “erupted” with puss. Although the heat at times was insignificant, and thought to be due to Tendon issues. It transpired that that swelling, was caused by a “White Line” infection!
It was decided that due to her weak hoof walls and soft hoof overall, after the draining of the puss. That some “temporary” support was required. here is the answer.
These shoes, will support the heel, and take pressure off the sole of the foot. Notice the Frog? It was also infected. She has had a raw deal!
This is before the “Clenches” are turned down. It gives a better view of the damage. They will remain on for several weeks. A Resin/Patch, was applied after filing down to maintain strength, by keeping the crack from opening.
Cherry, will remain on a less restricted rest regime, and be allowed to take short walks, to start her rehab! Interestingly enough, after applying the shoes, it was noticed that the poor dear, had begun to relax her back. She is eating better today, and has shown demonstrably more activity! So hopefully, she is showing signs of being on the mend!!