My pony Bart has a history of laminitus when he gets certain foods (alfalfa, etc) and he is older (the dentist guessed somewhere near 25 years old). A few months ago he had dropped a ton of weight so we called out the vet and switched him to hay replacer pellets, weight gain supplement, and kept him on his joint supplement. According to the vet and dentist, he was too old to be getting the right nutrients from the hay which is why he was losing weight. He has gained a bunch of weight and is looking great! I was taking him out on rides around the block once a week and he was doing fantastic.
However, about a month ago I noticed he was walking weird. Not his normal, stiff-legged laminitus walk but not his normal pony walk either. Somewhere in between. He freely gives me any and all of his feet if I ask and shifts his weight around like normal, which he doesn't do if he is lame.
About a year ago he had a big abcess that had him on stall rest for two months and in padded shoes. He still has the padded shoes. However, before the abcess was popped, we had our vet xray him and we were told his coffin bone was slightly rotated.
So, I'm thinking this is being caused by his coffin bone rotating more? He's ankles look like they are at a different angle than they used to be, but that might just be because I'm looking at them now and didn't really notice them before. I can get a video if you guys think seeing him walk would help. I looked all over youtube but couldn't find a single video of a horse with a rotated coffin bone walking around. Just product ads.
If I can nail down what I think is wrong with him, figure out how the vet diagnosis it (xray, I'm thinking), then my dad will gladly let me call the vet and pay for whatever we need to do for Bart to get better.
So, opinions, questions, ideas? Anything helps!