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    06-12-2014, 02:09 AM
foundered horse

Hi everyone, my name is Corrin, I am 12 years old, and I am new to horses. I am getting my new horse from a friend of mine who is a horse trainer. She is a great horse and I have been riding her for months with the trainer, but the trainer said she has foundered in the past, and I'm wondering if that could effect her at all performance wise.

She hasn't foundered in three years and is currently 7 years old. I am interested in doing barrels, poles, and trails. The farrier said that there is no detectable damage to the hoof, and no lameness. Any advice?
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    06-12-2014, 08:00 AM
Welcome to the forum

You should watch her diet and keep her working. No grain, or if necessary should she be working hard, plain oats would be best, but little. Keep her hooves in good shape.
If there is any damage within the hoof only x- rays can tell.
There's a lot of stuff to read about the subject out there, and here also about diet and hoof care, make yourself familiar with it to avoid another episode, and you'll be good to go
    06-12-2014, 03:33 PM
Thank you. I talked to the farrier and he said the same thing, to keep her working hard and watch her diet. :) I really like this horse, and glad I got her.
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    06-13-2014, 02:05 AM
Hi & welcome,

Nutrition too, as well as diet is very important. Take a look at for more on supps to help hooves. If you've got a good farrier, that's great, but poor/incorrect/insufficient farriery can cause big problems, especially in a horse that may be more sensitive generally. I suggest you read up on hoof balance & function, to better understand what is needed, & keep the feet well maintained, rather than the norm of allowing them to overgrow before 'correcting' every 6-8 weeks or so. & are 2 good sources of info.

Laminitis is often caused due to a similar metabolic condition as type 2 diabetes & as such is largely considered 'incurable' - you just have to manage a horse/person once they have it, so they don't suffer from further problems. I don't think insulin resistance/type 2 D is incurable, but with healthy diet, nutrition & lifestyle it can go away. But even if not, with good management you *should* be able to avoid it being an issue with laminitis/founder. Do your homework & you should be able to make it a virtual non-issue. is also another great resource.
    06-13-2014, 02:22 AM
Welcome GypsyGirl07! As others have said, keep her working/watch her diet. I have a wonderful old girl I've had since 07, she is 14 now and (we suspected) she was a chronic founder when I bought her. Start reading everything you can about the condition, knowledge is power!

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