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post #1 of 35 Old 01-08-2017, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Founder, p3 rotation ... advice/opinions sought



Hopefully my images show... working with anew tablet and sill trying to figure it out! The horse is a 9 year old Morgan cross who is broke to ride and drive. Owner is sending horse to sale barn this Wednesday unless something else comes up. I was asked to look at and try to help by a friend of the owner. The friend is currently boarding the mare and did do some rasping... said that she had puss coming from the sole. I soaked the foot in apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and water yesterday for close to an hour. Once it was dried out, I put a layer of hoof packing concoction and wrapped with vet wrap and duct tape. (we have snow on the ground)

Anyways, owner might sell the mare for $350 but prefers to take her to auction since kill buyers are paying more. She's a sweet mare, but I also have to think realistically about her future. So.... if you were in my shoes, would you take her on and rehab her? Or, should I put her out of my head . Obviously her diet needs to be addressed and she would have a lengthy road ahead for recovery. All other fee are fine..... overgrown, but in decent shape.

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post #2 of 35 Old 01-08-2017, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ok...will have to figure out how to get picks shared... sorry guys...
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I would walk away. Sad as it is, she's foundered now, has an abcess and you don't know how many more waiting to come up. Without good xrays you have no idea how severely she foundered, if the coffin bone is sinking, the degree of rotation and ...on and on and on. She also is very heavy and cresty which makes me wonder about IR and Cushings. More vet bills. Special care for her feet until she is over this spell of laminitis, which may be never.

If she was MY mare, I would treat her and try to rehab her, not send her to the doggers. But I would not BUY or even TAKE an animal that I knew going in was going to cost me thousands to rehab, and especially if I had no way to get some kind of prognosis, without spending a bunch of cash.
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the owner would rather have the mare go through the agony of being transported, with pus draining , no doubt painful, feet to a slaughter house for the $500 she might get, than to just *bleeping* put her down now?!!!

sorry, but this pisses me off.
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the owner would rather have the mare go through the agony of being transported, with pus draining , no doubt painful, feet to a slaughter house for the $500 she might get, than to just *bleeping* put her down now?!!!

sorray, but this pisses me off.
Tiny, you said exactly what I was thinking.
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post #7 of 35 Old 01-08-2017, 04:06 PM
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the owner would rather have the mare go through the agony of being transported, with pus draining , no doubt painful, feet to a slaughter house for the $500 she might get, than to just *bleeping* put her down now?!!!

sorry, but this pisses me off.

Well said.. i'd never put a horse through the horrible trip to slaughter then the less then humane way they kill them.
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Right now I am really spittin' nails because I lost a lengthy post twice and I would like to wrap my hands around the owner of that Morgan mare's neck.


Even though my TWH has never had abscesses, he did founder so bad, it's a miracle he didn't sink.

That was four years ago. He was doing fine as long as I was able to trim him but once I got to where simply picking hooves was monumental and I had to hire someone, things slowly went south.

Today his 21 yr old self is running and bucking because he can, not because he needs to.

He has de-rotated some. The house vet (a leg/hoof specialist) and specialty farrier x-Ray his hooves every five weeks and say my horse's progress has exceeded their expectations.

He is in full rocker aluminum shoes until further notice.

He costs me a fortune. If I didn't have the money to give the best of care, I would PTS him and put him beside those who have preceded him.

The Morgan horse in question might be able to be helped but it's the abcess coming thru the sole that would really worry me.

The a** that owns her should just give her away because help is not going to be cheap and help is going to include a LOT of intensive manual labor and some ancillaries.

The office manager at the vet facility said I could buy an upper level dressage horse with the money I have in this current horse and a horse I laid to rest at 27, that also had metabolic issues.

That's the other thing, that mare has metabolic issues. It's apparent in her neck, plus she is a Morgan and they are predisposed.

At the least, the mare should be kindly put down and not be made to go tnru the horrors of transport on a kill truck to the slaughter plant. A thousand shames and bad luck to that owner------------

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The thought of what that sweet mare will go through when dumped at the slaughter auction makes me sick to my stomach. I only hope Karma gives this horse owner exactly what she deserves.
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I also don't know who told that owner they'd get $500 for that horse. I can haul a horse right to Joe Simon and cut out the middle man and he still wouldn't pay $500. At our local low end auction they're still going for less than $200 for a horse with 'issues'.

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