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Help! Bought my first horse and 7 days later he has Laminitis!

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        11-08-2012, 02:00 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Thanks Dancing Arabian. I'm going to keep nursing him back to health and hopefully he will return to soundness. At that point I will decide whether I want to keep him or not. The whole thing is ****ty, it makes me want to get out of horses completely.
         
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        11-08-2012, 02:03 PM
      #22
    Foal
    The vet told me to:

    1. Feed only hay
    2. Keep him on stall rest with heavily bedded stall
    3. Give him 2 gr of bute twice daily

    Are there other treatments??? She wants to come back in a week to reassess and do xrays but I'm debating on whether I want to throw more money into him or not.
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        11-08-2012, 02:10 PM
      #23
    Trained
    There are certain things, yes. Like I said, post in the hoofcare section. Pics of the horse, his hooves, taken from ground level, in hard, even ground, to see the angle, and from the sole. That way people get an idea of what is really going on. Also info on what type of hay he's getting(possible that, if he's overweight, he needs the hay washed to get rid of the sugars).
    He also might need his hooves trimmed a different way, might need certain supplements.
    There is a lot to take into consideration, but it's not rocket science and can be done, and is certainly not cost-prohibitive.
    So, see you over there, hopefully
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        11-08-2012, 02:12 PM
      #24
    Started
    Saying you are 'debating on wether to throw more money into him or not" is not something I would ever say or think about saying. My animals Heath is a primary concern.

    I would put an add up saying you have a horse suffering from laminitis, well broke, free to good home, and see if anyone else wants him that doesn't mind " throwing money into him". You can get out if horses and not worry about it any more.
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        11-08-2012, 02:15 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    I just recently bought a horse that turned out to be a little older than I expected. Yes, I had a vet check. Now I have a more "seasoned" horse.

    If I bought a horse (after 2 horse experienced friends ok'ed him without a vet check) and he developed laminitis, then I'd be learning a lot about laminitis and spending a lot of time with him while he's stuck in a stall. If you adopted a child and he became sick would you return the child?

    Horses are not machines. They don't come with warranties. If you want certainty in your leisure pursuits, buy a Harley.
         
        11-08-2012, 02:15 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Panto    
    Thanks Dancing Arabian. I'm going to keep nursing him back to health and hopefully he will return to soundness. At that point I will decide whether I want to keep him or not. The whole thing is ****ty, it makes me want to get out of horses completely.
    Once you get him sound, you will know what works, what doesn't. You'll have made the adjustments to what works. He will still need help and have somewhat more needs than non laminitic horses but it will be easier to stick with the program that's working and help him stay sound.
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        11-08-2012, 02:15 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    I agree with the others. Even if the owner did happen to know of a laminitis issue, it is next to impossible to prove in a court of law. And it's highly possible he had no idea. It's hard to judge a person's tone through email.

    If I sold a healthy horse, and the owner came back to me seven days later saying it had foundered, I would not take the horse back. You can't control when a horse gets sick of hurt or what.

    My mothers horse has laminitis and she just needs some special care (Heiro supplement every day, bute for flare ups, special shoeing and X-rays with the farrier, etc). But she is a great horse and worth it.

    Nurse the horse back to health and then if you still don't want her, sell her to someone willing to take care if her needs.
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        11-08-2012, 02:17 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Whoa guys, hold your horses, she posted in the hoofcare section
         
        11-08-2012, 02:19 PM
      #29
    Started
    Get a good farrier. IME a farrier is generally more qualified to diagnose and treat laminitis. They likely well be able to tell you approximately the last time he had a flare up, so you can know whether or not you've been "had."

    I bought a horse Sept 29th and he hasn't been healthy since. He has a stubborn respiratory infection. Am I disappointed? Sure! But I know it was likely caused by the stress of shipping and isn't the seller's fault.
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        11-08-2012, 02:28 PM
      #30
    Foal
    Thanks
         

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