My horse Leo came down with a relatively mild episode of laminitis last weekend.
The vet was out, Leo was put on Bute and stall rest. I soaked his feet twice a day, soaked his (all grass) hay to reduce the soluble carbs, and Leo was doing much better by Wednesday afternoon, so I reduced his Bute on Thursday.
Yesterday (Friday, so five days after he started the laminitis episode) the farrier came out and trimmed him. I was there in the morning, but couldn't be there when the farrier came, cause I had to work. However, I had talked to him beforehand about the instructions the vet gave for trimming, and the BO was there too (she knew the story and was there when the vet explained what to do).
When I came out last night I was shocked. Leo was MUCH worse than ever before, the farrier cut him pretty short, he has the typical "founder" posture now with his front feet stretched out in front of him. He can barely stand and walk, shifts his weight from one foot to the other and sways. Soaking his feet seems painful (he was fine with it the days before), but he's barely coordinated enough to step out of the water by himself now (I use shallow feed pans, not buckets).
I called the farrier immediately and he claimed that it's normal for them to become worse for a few days after trimming - but seriously, it just doesn't feel right that he's so much worse even compared to when he started the episode.
I called the vet (who is out if town for the weekend) and we upped Leo's Bute again, but of course we can't do that forever either for the fear of ulcers. Vet will come out and take another look at him on Monday.
I know that the horse can become touchy after trimming, but is it really normal for a horse with laminitis to become THAT bad?
Is there anything else I can do to make him more comfortable other than soft padding in the stall and bute?
Would hoof hardener or something like that help right now? Hoof supplements?
Should I put boots on him? Can you even put boots on for longer periods of time without rubbing?
Will upload some pics as soon as I figure out how from my phone.