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        05-10-2013, 01:37 AM
      #61
    Trained
    ^^Various & sundry. It is where the term 'founder' originally came from, as in a foundering ship = sinking. Founder is more commonly thought of as 'rotation' these days, but can be either or both.

    Can be metabolic - why fat ponies are most commonly associated with the risk, can be purely mechanical, can be from stress even. Just attended what I'd call a catastrophic founder today actually - It's as if the walls have 'melted' through, in a sort of step(no good at explaining but sure people have seen similar pics) and the soles were bulging, horse very lame... turns out she is in foal & was AI-ed, suddenly suffered acute laminitis after that & ever since. I don't know if it's the drugs, hormones, stress or combination, but it's apparently not uncommon for mares to suffer this after AI!
         
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        05-11-2013, 11:36 PM
      #62
    Weanling
    Hey sorry I didn't get more pics up before the weekend. We all headed off to teamster school for 3 days. I'll get better pics of the angles tomorrow hopefully.
    Thanks for keeping up on this thread and helping me out.
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        05-13-2013, 11:36 PM
      #63
    Weanling
    Snapped a couple of quick photos of Comic's fronts today. Here is the angle of the LF.


    And the RF


    Go easy on me. I'm just learning. He is sore on his fronts now. Yup, you guys were right, way to into the live sole on the toe. Never again will I touch the toe callus. I've also been spending all my free time reading on barefoothorse.com and the links there to learn as much as I can. I trimmed my mini mare today and noticed for the first time just how beautiful her feet are. No flare, nice concavity, beautiful frog. I am working on getting her heels down little by little. It's amazing how different her foot is (never having shoes) from my riding horse (shod spring-fall).

    I have a question about Comic being sore. He wasn't sore for the first couple of days after his trim but he is now. Is it just his feet getting tender from waking around on his thin soles or could the BOSS I've been giving him recently effect his feet? His diet hasn't changed other then the BOSS. Same grass pasture he's been on his whole life, same grass hay we've got from the same field for the last 7 years. No grains. He gets 24/7 turnout. Has to get his front feet in the mud/water in order to drink out of the creek. Dry hard packed dirt around feeders.
         
        05-14-2013, 01:37 AM
      #64
    Trained
    Pretty good job!
    Did you take off/ bevel only toe or also heel? He seems a bit steep, but without seeing the soles I can't say for sure.
         
        05-14-2013, 01:54 AM
      #65
    Weanling
    I tried to only bevel to his quarters. He had some pretty serious White Line issues and lots of flare so I was trying to address that. By steep do you mean his heels are still a little tall maybe? I'm pretty sure we were too aggressive on his heels after seeing how sore he is today.

    At least I know I'm on the right track... you guys have been great!
         
        05-14-2013, 02:07 AM
      #66
    Trained
    Yeah, judging by the pics, especially the right one seems a bit high.
    But I would need to see the soles to be able to tell you more.
    The sole will tell if heel needs to come off.
         
        05-14-2013, 03:38 AM
      #67
    Weanling
    I'm pretty sure the last pic on the previous page is the RF sole. He has really flat feet right now so his heels are trimmed even with the sole. I'm hoping that was correct. As his feet heal and gain concavity will I be able to lower his heels a bit? Or will I just have to wait and see?
         
        05-14-2013, 03:47 AM
      #68
    Trained
    Sorry BC but need better pix to say much. Check out link in my signature for tips there.

    Thing that bothers me most about left fore is the 'dip' above the coronary border that makes me think the foot is 'sunk' low in the capsule, although the capsule appears relatively short. Is he more tender on that one? Heel appears possibly too high, but if they are but were higher, go gradually there. Heel quarters can be brought back though & flares there dressed.

    Right fore looks possibly better & also steeper?(Hard to be sure with that angle) Again, looks like the heel quarters could be a bit flared. Can't tell you what you may or may not be able to do, or what you could have done too aggressively without sole pix & more info.

    Re diet, yes, if he's fat & you're giving him BOSS it's possible this is a 'final straw' for a metabolic problem, but otherwise, so far as I know, it doesn't cause laminitis. However, I'd be inclined to give oil/oilseed rich in Omega 3 rather than omega 6.
         
        05-14-2013, 04:14 AM
      #69
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BoldComic    
    so his heels are trimmed even with the sole. I'm hoping that was correct. As his feet heal and gain concavity will I be able to lower his heels a bit? Or will I just have to wait and see?
    Yes on all of the above! Given that they're too high, lowering them to sole level is probably right. If you suspect his weak heels are making him tender, you may consider leaving them a tad higher or padding him though. His heels may well 'want' to remain where they are, one foot more 'clubby', but if you 'wait and see' they may change over time.
         
        05-14-2013, 09:38 AM
      #70
    Trained
    Yeah, what loosie said
    Sorry for not explaining better....it was late

    Better pictures would help to guide you in the right direction. Especially now, after trimming.
         

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