Originally Posted by Moveurasets
Well I got my horses on Dec 28th, I saw them briefly before they came to me, my friend picked them up and took them to her house (where they are at until I fence my 10 acres) I knew his hoofs needed trimmed badly and he was about 150 lbs overweight at least. No muscle all fat. So we got them use to being handled again and got the farrier to come out about a week ago. Kate the mare has great hoofs but my gelding (the fat 1) has laminitis in the front 2. The farrier said part may be because his hoofs were neglected at his old place (they were long and chipped pretty bad some places, he needs atleast 1 more visit to fix them) She showed me how the white was thicker than normal she said it wasn't bad and may go away with weight loss and keeping his feet trimmed right. We both agreed he shows NO signs of any lameness and it does not seem to bother him at all, we are working on the weight loss he has lost about 40 lbs and needs to lose about 50-75 more. He gets worked in the round pen or taken for a walk (me leading him on lead rope) atleast 3-4x a week. It is coming off slowly but we are getting there.
Do you guys think it will get better? She said he can be ridden and should be fine I am just worried 1st time I have dealt with this lol.
Couple of points.
First, I suspect your "farrier" isn't a farrier. From what you've shared, it sounds more like an amateur trimmer.
Laminitis is a pathology, usually associated with a metabolic disorder but can be resultant significant trauma.
A stretched whiteline is indicative of hoof capsule distortion (e.g. Overly long toes, flaring, etc) but, DOES NOT, by itself, rise to the diagnostic level of either acute on-set or sub-clinical chronic laminitis.
It is unusual for a laminitic to present no indications of lameness. Acute on-set laminitis typically presents with significant lameness. Chronic laminitis may present more subtle indications not always apparent to the owner. In neither case is it ever appropriate to recommend riding a horse suffering laminitis. In my experience, laminitis should always be treated as an emergency situation.
While the description you've provided does suggest evidence of laminitic risk, it does not suggest any significant on-going inflammation or interdigital laminar failure associated with active pathology. Moreover, neither your trimmer or any one else on planet earth can "fix" a laminitic with just "one more trim". The suggestion that laminitis is somehow in part caused by hoof neglect is indicative of a practitioner that has no more knowledge of the topic than do you. In other words, your BS meter should redline at such notions.
If you have concerns, step one is to acquire a set of radiographs. Have the attending vet provide a lameness evaluation. Use the opportunity to discuss your horse's general condition and dietary needs.
Step two is to engage a competent, full service farrier. Share the radiographs and the vet diagnostics workup with the farrier. Even if your horse does not present current, active laminitis, there is value in having a set of baseline radiographs for future reference.