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Hello and welcome. My name is Sammy L. Pittman, DVM and I am a veterinarian, farrier, and horsemen with a great interest in the field of equine podiatry. My wife and I own and operate Innovative Equine Podiatry and Veterinary Services in Collinsville TX. I offer a full line of horse veterinary care, however my passion lies within the health and well being of the hoof to better serve your equine companion. With so much lameness attributed to the lower limb many horses require an out of the box approach to achieve the success desired.
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I will be discussing different Cases and thoughts from our world with the horse. Feel free to contact us via text or call at 918.235.1529 or send an email to iepvs11@gmail.com. Thank you for reading and enjoy

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Backyard mare project update with venograms

Well it has been a while since we looked in on our backyard mare project.  We found some time to radiograph and update her venogram.  She has grown to a little over 17mm of sole depth and a notable return in solar papillae.  She has just been in the rockered 4pt shoe and maintained on pasture and trailriding.  I have placed her back in a more traditional flat steel shoe and placed in a fashion that would commonly be applied.  I theorize that this breakover is too long even on the day I placed it and will be growing ever longer throughout the shoe cycle.  The flat shoe will once again solidly engage the deep digital flexor tendon in which will begin to compress the solar corium and decrease sole depth over the next 2-3 months.  We will continue to radiograph and follow to see what happens.  
Very first venogram 3 1/2 months ago, for comparision


Note the return of the solar papillae with added foot mass.  This is the reason that Dr. Redden  claims 15mm is an adequate sole depth, as is requires 15mm to have a normal healthy venogram with good vascular depth and these papillae.  There is a peculiar absence of contrast that is there from an unknown cause, maybe an abscess brewing creating internal pressure, pushing the contrast out????
Very first raidograph, note the very thin soles.  

Here is a shot just before the removal of the shoe and venogram.  Note the massive increase in sole depth since we began.

Here is a shot after venogram and I placed her in a more common flat steel shoe in a manner in which I would have placed prior to a changing of my mind of how forces interact in the foot.  The DB (digital breakover) is 30 mm. This will continue to lengthen over time and reaching a likely 40-45mm by the next shoeing cycle, possibly.  I also surmise that a gradual reduction in sole depth will also occur due to the long and every increasing DB and increasing forces from ddf on solar corium and dorsal hoof    decreasing the circulation.
solar shot of flat steel shoe.

lateral view of flat steel shoe.  For those of you who know me, know that this was very difficult for me to do.  HEHEHEHEHEHe
Keep checking back for further updates on all our cases and a new one still to come is project Lilla.  She is recovering nicely from a fractured short pastern bone.  I will post here case study as soon as time will allow.  Please feel free to contact us here in Tulsa, Ok via text/call at 918.235.1529 or email at innovativeequinepodiatry@hotmail.com.

We are getting prepared for several upcoming events such as:  July 9th a reduced cost coggins clinic at animal health supply in Tulsa Ok, Aug 8-12th Dr. Redden's 201 podiatry course at International Equine podiatry center in Versailles Ky, 1-2 local demonstrations of radiological and external exam of the hoof and soft tissue parameter measurements, and of course the In depth podiatry lecture and demo with Dr. Redden here in Tulsa October 14th and 15th.

We thank you all for your support.

Friday, June 17, 2011

White line disease case and upcoming reduced price coggins clinic.

We have been quite busy and I just haven't had the time to catch up on the blogging. We a planning a reduced price coggins clinic at Animal Health Supply on July 9th from 9-12.  If you have any questions please call 918.235.1529 or shoot us an email at innovativeequinepodiatry@hotmail.com.  Cost of coggins test will be 15 dollars and you will also receive a 10 percent off coupon for Animal health supply for that day, good for anything but dog, cat and horse food.  Hope to see you there.

I am also posting some Follow up radiographs and pictures of the White line disease case we have been following.  This case is still progressing but not as much progression as I would like to see on the right front.  We have good hoof wall growth but not as much sole depth as I would like to see.  With the onset of good green pasture and the potential for some insulin resistance in this case could have played a role in slowing of hoof growth.  We instructed to reduce the amount of pasture time and absolutely no grain products.  Both hooves are becoming much tighter and healthier.  I removed more dorsal hoof wall to allow cleaning and treatment.  The left shows significant new hoof growth without fungal invasion. noted by the measurement on the radiograph.  We reset the Rocker Rail shoe with frog plate.



Note new hoof wall growth that is nice and tight without a crack.

New growth without a crack




I am happy with the amount and quality of hoof wall growth.  I would like to see a faster sole depth recovery but it will come.  This didn't happen overnight and we probably will not fix it overnight.

Keep in mind the Upcoming In Depth Podiatry Clinic with Dr. Ric Redden October 14-15.  I have some new cases that I will likely be posting on.  Keep on the lookout for Project Lila a barrell/pole horse with a fracture second phalanx (short pastern bone). She is doing well and will likely make a good recovery.  I will post images and discussion as soon as there is more time.