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post #1 of 3 Old 01-23-2012, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Founder Recovery?

I am looking at a mare that foundered over 2 years ago (she'd be free, with a trial period). While she seems sound, I am concerned about the potential for recurrence and/or later difficulties. The owner has said that they have not had any issues with her and have used her barefoot since they have owned her (a little over 2 years). The previous owners told her that the horse had foundered...

I'd be using her for light walk/trot arena riding.

Does anybody have any founder recovery stories to share? Was your horse sound? For how long? What special precautions did you take to prevent it from recurring? Did it recur?

Currently, she is eating only free-choice grass/alfalfa mix roundbale. I grain all of my horses, so I would probably just buy her some hay pellets or some sort of "pelleted" roughage product to make her think she is getting "grain". Not sure how that idea will pan out either, haha.

Our blacksmith is going to look at her with me today.

I look forward to hearing everyone's experiences with founder! Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-23-2012, 11:31 AM
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Minature Foundered

My miny foundered a few years back, not sure the exact time period. He is still sound, to this day. It took about 6 months to get him back to normal. I haven't had any new problems with him since. We keep his hooves trimmed every three weeks. He is only used as a cart pony, so he also receives little exercise. I also only feed him plain oats, and grass when there is some and hay. Very little feed for him.

Hopefully your farrier approves. I feel like with the light exercise this horse should be fine.

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-23-2012, 06:44 PM
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If it is completely grown out, the hoof looks healthy and is walking soundly with good current trimming, the feet have no metabolic rings or excessive flairing etc and you can solidly rule out IR issues or cushings...chances are that there will be no issues with past founder/laminitus. Besides, many people interchange laminitus with founder and laminitus is much less sever a thing than actual coffin bone rotation or sinking. Post pictures if you can!

ETA Oh, and I have personally rehabbed several founder cases back to completel hard riding soundness and the point that even a vet couldnt tell the horse had previously foundered. Its quite possible.

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