I am a barn manager for a horse sanctuary in Ohio, USA and we have a 9 yr old Burro that we purchased through the Bureau of Land Management act about 8 yrs ago who has had chronic laminitis and abscesses and possibly foundered slightly a few times. She is on a dry lot with very little grass to munch on and primarily receives free choice grass hay and 1 cup Purina Hay stretcher daily with Remission suppliment in the morning. She is not stalled however is in the dry lot (primarily mulched) pasture at least 20 out of the 24 hours a day. She is extremely difficult to work with however and when she is in pain she will not let anyone look at her hooves! Our farriers are able to manhandle her and she receives a barefoot trim every 6 weeks or so.
Over the last few months she has had almost nonstop issues with her hooves. She has had an abscess on the right front and chipped the toe of her hoof off one evening. Almost a week later she was lame again and would not let us look at her hooves so the farriers came out and found she had an abscess in her left hind foot. He said he believed she may have foundered as well, even though she did not show the more classic signs.
Over the last month I have made it my mission to work with her every day and not let her out to the dry lot until she has let me pick all four hooves. I am the only one that she allows to do this...I am also the only one that knows very little about horses! I mostly feed and do chores then go about managing the volunteers and fundraising efforts so maybe she finds me less intimidating! Recently I have noticed that it looks like the sole is separated from the hoof wall and is actually overgrown to the point where that is what she is stepping on and I think that is causing some of her tender footedness. I am also concerned about possible seedy toe but the farriers did not think it was anything to be worried about, they said she will just take some time to recover from the abscesses and possible founder.
Any other tips to help her hooves would be much appreciated! I apologize for the crummy pictures however she is very difficult to work with and I could not get it completely picked out before her patience with me gave out. The picture is of her front right foot. The sole seems to be about 1/2-1inch longer than the hoof wall and separated from the wall about the same distance. Seems soft as well but has been getting more hard ever since I started picking her feet daily.