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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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Normal Venogram references and descriptions

I am posting a good reference link to Dr. Ric Reddens website for venogram procedure, indications and interpretation.  I have venogram images with areas of importance highlighted and enlarged thanks to a very handy cousin, Stacy Mosier. 

Images below are of a hoof with healthy soft tissue parameters and I would consider to have a healthy venogram.  I think the venogram has much to teach us when used in conjunction with evaluation of mechanical forces and load induced vascular compromise.  Consider the areas of excessive load, degree of deep digital tendon tension, bone load, heel load, growth rings, soft tissue parameters and how it would relate to or affect the vascular pattern.  Just like when you press your fingernail and the pressure forces blood to leave so does load without unload create areas of poor circulation and subsequent poor quality foot mass in the area compromise.  What do you think would happen if you placed a clothes pin on the tip of your finger compressing the nail bed and vascular supply in that area?  It is fine as long as it is removed in timely fashion but leave it for days and damage will occur.  Imagine having this vascular compromise for months as with crushed heels or laminitis.  For every pathological foot problem consider performing a venogram and relating the load induced vascular compromise to the seat of pain and external hoof growth ring characteristics.  Diminished blood flow equals diminished growth, hence growth rings wider at heel than at toe in a chronic laminitis and more toe than heel in low palmar angles/crushed heel.  

Food for thought.