Gas pocket/area of separation
Case 1. A horse developed laminitis on 15 December 2017. X-rays taken on 24 December 2017 showed areas of different shades of grey between the pedal bone and hoof wall, but no clear gas pocket/area of separation. 4 days later (28 December 2017) an thin line of separation was visible between the areas of different shades of grey. A month later (25 January 2018) there is a clear area of separation/gas pocket, that has already grown down since December. 2 months later (28 March 2018) the area of separation is wider and is significantly further down (the front of the pedal bone). By June (3 months later) the area of separation has almost grown out, and by December (6 months later) there are no signs of separation.
Case 2. A mare developed sepsis-related laminitis after retaining the placenta following foaling.
Left fore: initial x-rays 3 weeks after developing laminitis showed a significant area of separation on both front feet, which appeared more significant 7 weeks later, with signs of sub-solar abscessing (week 10). Realigning trimming was not started until week 12, by which time the pedal bones on both front feet had penetrated the sole. Conditions and trim frequency were not ideal during the mare's rehabilitation, but nonetheless within 6 weeks of starting realigning trimming the feet were starting to be realigned with increased sole depth, and the area of separation was growing down and out, and was removed during the trim following the week 25 x-rays, at which point the feet were basically realigned.
Changes at the coronary band
Successful foot rehabilitations - 1 solar penetration