When you look at a radiograph (X ray) of a horse’s foot, do you visualize soft tissues, or do you only see bones? If there’s one thing Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., consistently teaches, it’s that there is always more to learn about a horse’s foot if you only know how to look. He recently offered a foot radiology short course for an audience of farriers, veterinarians, and horse owners June 1-3 in Versailles, Ky.
When you can identify impending problems, they can be addressed before they actually cause lameness and lost training/competition days.
Looking Inside the Foot
Physical examination remains the most important part of examining the foot, says Redden, followed by targeted radiographs.
“Interpreting the message from the soft tissue parameters offers great insight t