Unfortunately, this mare does not belong to me, and is just here until we can get her to Montana. Her new owner will be getting x-rays so that there's a baseline for reference. My vet was quite pleased with her current hoof condition, and she seems to have little to no arthritis in her knees or pasterns. Hooves are growing back quite strong, frog is already much better.
Her history is completely unknown. She was dumped by her previous owner at the local livestock auction house, with those terrible hooves. I have been told, but have not confirmed, that this horse went three separate times to slaughter in Canada, but was refused entry each time, and thus wound up in the local kill pen. If true, her founder ironically actually saved her life, because she was eating nothing except poor quality local hay for at least three to four months before arriving in the kill pen. It's believed that she is 22 years old (based on her teeth), and we think that she is a TWH.
Here is a montage showing her progression over a month's time:
Far left photo is untrimmed. Middle photo is after first trim. Right hand photo is after second trim, done three days ago (August 25). The dark spot at the tip of the toe in the right hand photo is where the first abscess emerged. The second abscess was in the cleft of the frog so it can't be seen. Heels are getting lowered and the frog is coming back. The stretched out laminae from the middle photo are tightening up. Even though she has a long way to go, this is a huge improvement in just a month's time.