My mare is 32 years old and the vet decided that she foundered this spring.
I'm just so frustrated because she was probably foundering for a while but we (the farrier, vet and myself) thought that it was just her arthritis. She had a really rough winter with her arthritis and then we had a couple of weeks where she was doing better and then got worse again. She didn't do the classic laminitis stance, she just looked uncomfortable and shifted her weight a lot.
We started her on a bute taper a week ago. She was on 3 grams divided doses for 3 days and then down to 2 grams etc. I stepped down from 3 to 2 and then she got worse again.
The vet decided to start her on pergolide because she is suspecting that she has cushings (which maybe why taking her off grass and sweet feed and starting bute didn't solve the problem.) I put down 4 bags of shavings in her lean to, put in a couple of extra fence posts in to cut down even more on her access to grass (cutting it down from a 50x100 paddock with a little grass to a 50x50 paddock with practically none), took her off all sweet feed, gave her marsh hay (that she hates) and am going to make her a pair of foam insulation boots until I get some soft-ride boots.
I feel so guilty that we didn't start to treat this earlier. If the coffin bone has rotated then we would need to do corrective shoeing and I don't know if I should do that. I just can't believe that this might be my best friend's undoing.
Thanks for reading my rant, I just needed to get this out since talking to people at work doesn't really make me feel any better.