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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Derby Update: Video of Thoroughbred Wall Separation, Shoe Procedure

Ok, racing fans! Things are coming together now! Unless this video crashes the blog once and for all, here is a complete video showing Ian McKinlay's procedure for reconstructing a blown heel quarter / subsolar abscess in a Thoroughbred racehorse. This is very similar to the procedure he used on Big Brown, Richard Dutrow's colt favored in next week's Kentucky Derby.

The second part of this video shows a top Standarbred with a similar problem.

You will also see a lot of detail on the shoe and Ian has provided a voiceover to explain what he's trying to do.

Assembling this information has been a work in progress, but this video puts it all together. Previous posts from this week and last week (scroll down the blog to read more) included a video of quarter cracks, the difference between quarter cracks and wall separations, glue-on shoes worn by Kentucky Derby contenders, and the direct rim glue application technique with copper clips and heel cushions.

Thanks again to Ian McKinlay, along with Conny Svensson, Jimmy Takter, and Richard Dutrow, and to Big Brown's owners, IEAH, for working with us to provide this information that may be helpful to other horses.

The end of the video has a link to the Tenderhoof web site, which has not gone live yet, so save that URL for future reference. This video is not an advertisement for any commercial product; Hoofcare and Lameness has no business arrangement with the shoe or the new company.

This is provided for educational purposes and to hear feedback from other professionals.

Disclaimer: Obviously, Ian McKinlay is a highly skilled hoof repair and quarter crack specialist. That is all he does and he works as a consultant to the trainer, supplementing the work of the regular horseshoer and veterinarian.

This is NOT a how-to video. Also, the problems of these racehorses are well documented, as Ian mentions, and very common. You would probably not see these problems in horses competing at other sports, and if you did, the recommended solution might be very different. Those horses might enjoy the luxury of a layup. Racehorses have work to do.

Thanks to all!

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Farrier said...

Great video and product,I have a equines that will love them

Michael said...

Fran, that video was simply amazing. Thank you.

rebeccascott said...

Shame they didn't consider reducing the load on the hoof structures by doing the opposite....increasing the solar load bearing rather than increasing the peripheral load bearing.

I wonder whether the horse may have got an abcess in the first place because the hoof had become so unbalanced. Note the underrun heels, oval hoof shape and the triangulated shape of the heel bulbs on the Std Bred.
- Rebecca in Oz

John Gorman said...

I loved the video. Ian is obviously a professional - a pleasure to watch him work. There was a lot of technique and materials in there that I can see being useful in other glue on processes - even if you don't agree with the procedure he was performing.