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!