So, I've had some bad luck with my horse Kitty. I rode her for six months before I bought her, and she never took a lame step. A month after I signed that bill of sale, she comes up with a bout of laminitis.
I thought she had thrush. (She does have thrush, turns out; but that had nothing to do with the lameness.) She went lame on the 11th of this month. I began treatment for thrush and left her out to pasture. Today, the 13th, she can hardly walk.
I was in school today, so I friend drove her to the vet for me. Since I missed actually seeing my vet face to face, I'm not too sure what the report she wrote for me even means. So here it is:
"Hs: Having trouble walking on rocks, and becoming increasingly sore. Barefooted, hooves are very short less three inches of total length. Walls are severally broken and worn, walking on soles. Increased digital pulses are present in all four limbs. Hoof testers no reaction over the sole, +2 both heels RF only. EXC ROM, but resists standing with full weight on either forelimb for extended periods. No joint effusion. Walks extremely slow and guarded even on packed dirt. On packed sand circle L grade 2 lame RF and RR, circle R, grade 2 lame LF."
My friend told me the vet used the words "mechanical founder" and "mechanical laminitis." I'm not too sure what this even means and how it's different than normal grass founder.
I also have no idea how or why this happened to my horse. The vet said that the weather conditions have been erratic; wet for weeks and than dry and hot. Apparently this was a contributing factor to the breakdown of her hooves. But why just this horse? All the other horses were trimmed at the same time by the same farrier and were of course exposed to the same weather conditions. Kitty's feet have always been very good too...
I'm going to call and speak to my vet tomorrow, but I would like some tips and knowledge. Because I'm lost.