Posting a bit of an update. I am so sorry that I have not been back here. I have been doing what I can, along with rasping a little (getting guidance via emails...Thanks to those helping me SOOOOO much along the way when you have such busy lives yourselves!) and had a trimmer come and do his feet a little as well.
So, since the vet diagnosed him on April 10, she said 100% stall rest...not to leave the stall at all, for the next 4 weeks. I tbsp. Bute for 7 days, then try to cut him down. I went against the vet's advice and followed the help given me by a couple of people that stepped up to try to help me, given my circumstances of not have reliable care in my remote area.
Starting I think on or about April 13, I hand walked him daily for about 10 minutes...the rest of the time he was kept in his well bedded 8' x 16' stall.
I made the foam pads for him and placed them from the point of the frog back. He kept these on all day, and they were removed at night. The last few days he had them on, I left them on 24/7 and left the toe part "open". He has been totally without pads or boots now since the 29th of April. Also since that time, he has been getting daily turnout for the better part of the day, and coming in at night.
He has been totally off of his bute since about the 21st I think. (I never kept written notes, so I am trying to go back and come up with the dates, so they are close, but maybe not 100% accurate to the exact day) I did give him Ulcerguard over a 3 day period, just to be cautious, even though he was not showing any outward signs of ulcers. He's been a real trooper!
I had my hay (heavy alfalfa mix) tested, with the protein being 17.21% / 15.04% and the NFC being 8.80%. I will be switching hay next year to a timothy/grass if at all possible so they can eat more/longer without more calories. I had gotten a thyroid (T4) check done, and all that came back was a "low normal" reading of 13 with 12-37 being the acceptable range.
I am putting my other horse (mare) on a strict diet as well, as she is a founder just waiting to happen. (F A T
I FINALLY have the vet coming tomorrow afternoon to do the xrays and bloodwork. It seems I have been waiting for that day to come FOREVER!
I am sooo anxious to hear what he says! I am so hoping that it is not founder, or if it was, not severe and that he will become sound enough for riding again. I am truly amazed at how far he has come in such a short while, IF this is in fact founder! Here is a video of Whitey, as of today. Please be sure to click on the little icon that looks like a "gear" and select the 48 version to view. Whitey - May 2, 2013. - YouTube
Thanks again for all the help I have received. Will update you all again as I learn more from the vet that comes to do xrays and bloodwork.