I once worked on a foundered horse that had extremely high heels and pretty serious rotation. I don't know (nor did the owner) how long he'd been neglected, but he was in real bad condition, hoof-wise.
I was about 22 and thought I was smarter than the vets and everybody else, so I wanted to fix this fella by myself with no x-rays or help. So I cut his heels down and tried to fix it all in one trimming. Well when I got done, this poor horse stood on his tippy-toes. His heels wouldn't touch the ground at all.
So I put some wedge pads and shoes on him so he could walk and told the owner let's go to the vet and git x-rays. We did and we found P1 and P2 were fused together on both front feet. He'd been foundered for a long time, not treated, and I didn't know but always wondered how long it takes for calcium deposits and such to set in
Last edited by AmazinCaucasian; 03-27-2012 at 08:17 PM.