Yesterday I had my 6 year old Rocky Mountain Horse gelding checked out by a vet because I found him a great new owner.
All the tests where fine, so we decided to also have x-ray pictures taken.
On 1 front hoof the coffin bone was slightly tilted. The conclusion of the 2 vets was that he must have had a case of laminitis in the past.
I bought him as a foal from a dear friend of mine who bred him. He lived there untill 14 months. We both have never seen any signs of laminitis!
He was always trimmed by a well educated (AANHCP) and experienced barefoot trimmer. He has excellent very hard feet always a nice small white line and stonehard soles. Has never been lame or sick in his life.
He had antibiotics once for 3 days after he was castrated at 4 years old. Otherwise just vaccinations and deworming.
I live in the mountains in Austria where we ride barefoot on very stony trails and roads where most horses would get sore feet. This one never does he walks on anything.
My horses run up and down the stoney hills of their pasture too. They live outside with an open stable and don't get any grains (I just feed a vitamin supplement and sometimes after work one hand of muesli with low protein and no grains).
Is it possible that he was born with this tilted coffin bone?
Has anyone ever heard of a horse that showed no signs of laminitis but did have a tilted coffin bone?
Could something other then laminitis cause a tilted coffin bone?
Thanks in advance