Unfortunately Diega will not be coming to stay with us after all. Her x-rays are really bad. I don't know a whole lot about all the nuances of reading x-rays of the interior of hooves, but even I was shocked when I saw this.
This is not a hoof that can be rehabilitated, & the other one looks about the same. I have had 3 farriers/trimmers look at the x-rays & they are all in agreement that there is nothing that can be done to help these feet long term. She's only 2 1/2 years old & would continue growing & gaining weight for a couple more years. Those feet don't need more weight to carry.
So sad, I was told Diega & her mother came into Hacienda de los Milagros from a home that not only allowed feet like this to exist, but they were both very emaciated. Nothing was done at Milagros except to turn her out to walk around I guess. She has never had a chance.........!!! What is so frustrating, if she was born with "funny" feet a few weeks of splints could have made all the difference in the world. Sometimes the best thing we can do is to set them free from pain, I hope her caretakers will do this last thing for her.