Gosh, this is a tough one; you have a lot of different things going on, here. I have some questions and might be blunt, buy I am not trying to be mean or malicious.
1. Discovering the root cause of her chronic laminitis is crucial
2. Getting trained to stand for foot care is just as cricial, although it is a lot hatder to pick your feet up when you are in pain.
3. You are a barn manager who does not know much about horses? What do your duties specifically entail and how to you arrive at your decisions without good knowledge of horses?
4. Are there any other equines on the property with similar issues or is she the only one?
No worries about your bluntness; I take no offense!
1. We are a sanctuary with limited funds and although we had OSU veterinary hospital out for vaccinations in spring, she was not having this issue so they did not specifically look at her hoofs. Farriers are kind of non-committal and they just say "oh she just has bad feet" which is not a good answer in my book. I agree that discovering the root cause is of the absolute importance and thought I might try a forum before spending the budget on vet visit. Not that I have any problem doing such, but since we are a rescue I have to pick my battles and at the moment she just walks tenderly but is still able to run so its not the priority. Saying that sounds harsh but I have an EPM intake this week and also 2 seized horses that are a 2 on the body condition score.
2. Not that I wish to blame any of my predecessors but NO ONE has made the effort to train her. Anything that has been done to get her to this point has been me working with her for the last month. When I started the previous barn manager stated it was just the way it was. I've been here a year and I'm done with that logic, hence now a month later I am the only one here who can pick her feet and apply swat to her legs daily. Our Assistant Barn Manager (and horse trainer which i will explain in 3) is not even able to take her fly mask off, let alone lead her or pick her feet. So i recognize this importance am and trying, it just will take a lot of time. Our farriers do not seem to have much trouble with her but she tries to flee from them often even in the confines of a stall and they will have to use a heavy hand to get her to stay put.
3. I knew this would raise eyebrows so I tried to explain that I am more of a clerical "manager" of the barn than anything. I feed the horses, groom the horses, flyspray/mask, and help out on chores (scooping, haybags, water) but that is the extent of my involvement with them. I run more the inventory, appointments, adoption paperwork, volunteer paperwork etc. I am not the primary decision maker for the horses, the owner is. She is on the fence as we have wonderful farriers who just are blowing this off and she trusts them. I agree they do wonderful work but I think the issue is bigger than "oh she has crappy hooves". I want an answer therefor I am researching and exploring myself and am trying to fund raise for the $6,000 vet bills we currently have before adding more, although if we continue to blow off her hoof issue i feel like we will be adding the vet bills no matter if we fund raise or not!
4. She is the only one with these specific problems. We had our mustang (also purchased at the same time as her from the BLM) founder last year and she is also on the dry lot with our burro, a mini, and an obese draft cross. We have 86 acres all together, most of which are pasture for the other 11 horses. We have had a few with cracks in their hooves that the farrier recommended Remission as well so in all we have 5 horses taking that. If you are not familiar with it here is a link to a site that sells it. Horse Vitamins & Minerals for Healthy Horse Feeding: Remission at Drs. Foster & Smith
thanks for taking the time to reply and helping me with this!