So I recently was given this 21 year old Andalusian mare. She was being neglected in her current home and her feet were hideous and she was VERY overweight. Senior grain, no work, pasture and hay all day long for 10 years.
Being worried about taking on a lame horse I had a farrier come out and take a look at her feet before I ever took this mare on. He trimmed them said they were fine and did a VERY crappy job. I was not familiar with the area so he was the best I could do and she wasn't very cooperative since it was over 100 degrees out and her feet were obviously not even close to being in good shape.
Once back at my barn we waited a little before calling the farrier out, I knew she needed her feet done again and I had a bad feeling she had foundered. After the farrier got done with them the backs were beautiful! The fronts....well she foundered in both. Ever since she has been very stiff and sensitive on them, moping around and just overall not herself. He even said that she had most definitely foundered before we got her.
We're taking her in to get X-rays this week, but I have never dealt with this before and was wondering what to expect. Since she's 21 and if the cannon bone has rotated what would be the options?
I also know she needs to loose her weight. She's already on a strict diet but still goes out to pasture every day. She gets her hay, not a lot of grain, and pasture. No treats. Should I put her on a dry lot during the day and cut the grain out completely? As far as exercise what would be acceptable? Wait till we see the xrays?
She's such a sweet horse and it breaks my heart that someone could do this to her. The lady apparently bought her for $84,000 showed her in halter and hunt seat, had her pop out a couple of babies and let her ROT. Her excuse as to why she didn't get her feet done more often was because it was expensive. IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO PAY THAT MUCH FOR A HORSE... *angry rant here*
Since rescuing her we've gotten her feet done, her teeth, up to date on everything. I'm just not sure what to expect. Do I expect the worst and hope for the best?
Before her feet were trimmed for the second time she'd still run around quiet a lot and didn't really show any signs of lameness. I know she's adjusting to the trim and it's going to take time, I just am so worried about her.
Thanks and sorry if this is ramble-y.