Things going from bad to worse, It is a bad case of Laminitis. Confirmed today at 4:oo by the vet. My heart sank. In fact it is one of his worst cases he has seen. Thanks to the farrier. I haven't even had this horse for 2 months and now this. I am scared, I am frightened and I am sooo mad. I trusted these people. Because I am a new horse owner and have not had a horse for 30 years I trusted this stupid farrier. And yes even my friend who I bought a lame horse from,
My vet stated that she was a puzzle because she does not have the classic symptoms. She is not lame and does not limp when you walk her. It is only seen at a trot. He stated she was not in acute phase, but in chronic because he thinks this was started back right before I bought her, when the farrier trimmed her too short and then took off her shoes. He went on to say, that she does not seem to be in a lot of pain. And oh yes, that lesion that is on her sole that is about 11/2"-2" long is not the abscess like the farrier thought, but her body trying to make and repair more Lamina. He stated the positive was her age and that she has tolerated it so well. Thank God I kept on giving her Bute and easing off on the grain. For now he wants her on strict stall rest, Bute Bid (twice daily), Antibiotics twice daily, of coarse no grain only hay, and foot soaks with Betadine twice daily.
I called my friend upset (you know the one that sold me the horse and who I share the barn with). She wanted to know if I wanted her to buy back the horse. She apologized immensely. I don't know what to do. I haven't had this horse for even 2 months, I have never ever ridden her and now do not know if I will ever get a chance to. But, big but I have cared for this horse on a daily basis since June 22nd. I love her and have fallen for her. She is magnificent and beautiful. She is my horse for the good and for the bad.
Has anyone gone through a bad case of Laminitis?