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A: I do several things to communicate recovery goals to a farrier:
1. First, I stand the foot on a stiff piece of paper or cardboard and trace the wall, marking where the heels contact the ground. I also draw the heel bulbs, frog, bars and white line. Then, I mark the paper with the date, name of horse, foot and label medial/lateral. This paper is used for a template if construction of a special shoe is needed. I use a ballpoint pen — not a Sharpie marker — so everything is exact.
2. I take a lateral and dorso-palmar X-ray of the foot. The X-ray beam is centered at the distal rim of P3, and I have good soft-tissue detail so the farrier can measure sole depth, digital breakover and the palmar angle of P3 (angle of the distal rim of P3 in relation to the ground). I print out the radiograph with all the measurements. I also print at least two copies without measurements and use them to draw shoe plans.
3. I take photos of the foot from the front, side, back and sole. Sometimes I take a video of the flexion of the foot when I’m holding it…