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Today we continue our new excerpt from Equine ER,

the nonfiction book from Eclipse Press by Leslie Guttman. Last week, a young colt named Sid was examined and found to have the worst case of clubfoot syndrome his vet had ever seen. Today: What’s to be done?

During the evaluation, Dr. Scott Morrison inspected each of Sid’s coronary bands, the circles of vascular tissue located on the hoof wall’s upper end. A hoof’s growth springs from there, and the doctor was checking to see if the colt had laminitis, which he did not. Morrison shot radiographs to look at the health of the coffin bone and the degree of luxation, or misalignment, in the joint. The coffin bone, or third phalanx, is the primary bone in a horse’s foot. Located inside the hoof capsule (like a body in a coffin), it bears much of a horse’s weight.

Sid’s feet would cause him severe problems if left uncorrected.

Sid’s coffin bone was healthy. He didn’t have bo