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        09-02-2013, 07:16 PM
    What I mean by bad hay, I do not mean moldy icky hay, I mean now fleshly cut hay and not the expensive too of the line hay of clover and all that. I guess I should learn how to word things differently because idk if that makes sense lol
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        09-02-2013, 07:32 PM
    Has the VET looked at her? Unless your farrier is also a vet, I would take what he said with a grain of salt. Call the vet and have her checked. He may do X-rays if he really thinks it is founder. Her hooves were quite long, but that does not necessarily mean she was foundered.

    Call the vet.

        09-02-2013, 07:41 PM
    The two founder ponies at my barn actually do amazing with triple crowns 30% ration balancer then hay. The RB just gives them the nutrients they are missing from the hay but not all the added sugars that are in normal grains. The ponies only get like 1/4lb a day

    We also just get a new load of hay in, we feed square bales. These bales as a brome mix? I don't know a lot about hay and my horse isn't at risk of founder but she did some reading and from what she read it has a little less sugar? At least the cutting in our area? I could be completely wrong...I don't know much about hay...but they seem to love and and have been doing well with it.
        09-02-2013, 07:45 PM
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    Honestly, if she's not lame, it doesn't sound like she's foundering. It sounds like the farrier is talking about growth/stress rings on the hoof. If her feet were in such bad condition, then there would definitely be very noticeable growth rings as a new healthy hoof grows in. But that does not mean she's foundering. Can you post pictures of her feet? Is she lame at all? Any heat in the hooves? Bounding digital pulse?
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        09-02-2013, 07:53 PM
    Agree with Kayella .....we need pics.....we need pics of new horses anyway....
        09-04-2013, 04:55 PM
    I am not with her right now so I won't be able to get them up for who knows how long sense i'm back at my dads. I do trust what he says sense they said they just had to put a horse down because of terrible founder a few months ago because it was painful for it to walk. When I road her she would constantly limp and I wasn't with so I didnt get the whole thing of them explaining. My mom just summed it up and she doesn't understand any horse things so she said she didn't really listen. No I haven't had a vet out and sense it took us two months to get their hooves done I don't see it happening any time soon. My mom found out she has MS and has been paying doctor bills. I am waiting until the 30th so I can get a job and pay for the things I need so I do not have to keep selling my things.
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        09-04-2013, 04:58 PM
    And her hooves actually weren't that long do to the rocky corral and riding on the road. Her hooves were just starting to currl in in the back. You may have saw the post on my other horse Blue. She had long hooves. This horse that has the founder is Cassie.
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