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post #21 of 24 Old 08-14-2009, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by hotreddun View Post
I'll be honest...I'd blame the VET not the farrier. If that vet has been this horse's vet for over ten years he should have certainly seen the signs of chronic laminitis. People like to over glorify farriers...but honestly I don't go to a farrier for any kind of medical it abscess, laminitis, etc. They have NO medical training whatsoever so I don't know why people treat them like they do. Of course I am an xray advocate...if my horse has any kind of limp I go get an xray and THEN show that xray to my farrier. Check the xray and see about rotation. From that point you can go on to shoe if needed or go barefoot. Alot of times foundered horses can grow more sole barefoot (with the use of hoof boots for cushion in the between stages). Couple of sites I've learned from when my horse had an acute laminitis bout.

EquineCushings : Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance
ECHoof : EquineCushings & IR Hoof Photos & X-Rays
Pete Ramey hoof care heals founder in horse’s navicular disease farrier

Sounds like you've got the diet right. Make sure you don't forget about their mineral vitamin needs though. I use ADM Stay Strong. It does really well on my IR/Laminitis prone boy.

The Easyboot Glove | The Ultimate Horse Hoof Boot | EasyCare Inc. Articles on grass carbohydrates and laminitis
I would not be so quick to judge the vet. If he came out for yearly shots and specific injuries it would have been the owners responsibility to bring the issue to his attention. You can't blame a vet if he comes out for a specific reason. He may only see the horse walked from a stall to the center aisle and if he's giving shots he would have looked in it's eyes and mouth and given shots and sent the horse on it's way. Unless you were having the horse vetted which I am assuming you did not.

If I were to blame someone, it would be the friend that sold you the horse because they probably knew the issue existed and chose not to tell you or a vet.

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Thanks Guys, I am a little better. I was with her all day and to she really doesn't look bad. I also talked again to my Vet. I have to say, he is wonderful. Lesson Learned I will always call him first. I have been doing everything he said. He was also not so bleak the second time I called.
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Oohhhh...So so sorry you are going through this! How awefull for you both. Glad to hear she seems comfortable, though.

I may get slammed for this, but maybe considder taking up your friends offer to buy her back. It will be a heart break, but who knows how long it will be before you can enjoy riding her, not to mention the expense of vet work and extensive shoeing. You may be better off to find something sound that you can enjoy riding. It just makes me sad to think that you bought a horse to ride for fun in your spare time and you ended up with one with a chronic illness. This mare is sooo lucky to have a dedicated owner like you who is willing to tough it out through a difficult and intensive illness though. Even if you decide to keep her, your friend might considder a partial refund to help compensate for the vet bills. I know that's what I'd do - at the very least, if I were the seller.

Again, so so sorry you are dealing with this - keep us posted on how everything is going.

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