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post #11 of 17 Old 04-13-2012, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Piaffe View Post
Just curious as to why a vet would say this? I was told by a well known big time breeder as I want to be 100% sure. I know horses can founder for many reasons....Im just not sure what/if anything the vet was basing this on.
Just because a person has DVM after their name doesn't make them a genius or an expert.

There are good vets and bad vets, and mediocre vets just as with any profession, and the incidence of alcoholism and drug abuse is high among veterinarians. More important than the DVM after their name is their experience and expertise within the specialty (in this case equine repro) in question. I don't take a vet's word at face value any more than I would take anyone else's unless the vet in question is credible...
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post #12 of 17 Old 04-13-2012, 08:07 PM
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The person that told me was told by their vet
There's always the chance for misinterpretation. Or the person didn't listen correctly.

Since YOU didn't get it from YOUR vet, I wouldn't be concerned. I'd personally ask my farrier, who would know better then him/her?

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post #13 of 17 Old 04-14-2012, 12:30 AM
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I haven't heard the founder thing I have heard that it can cause tendon damage to their feet when they are heavily pregnant, I've also heard it causes no problems as long as it's not drastic changes, just like any other horse.
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post #14 of 17 Old 04-14-2012, 11:52 AM
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If your pregnant mare is being trimmed on a regular basis (every 6 to 8 weeks).....there should be no tendon damage.

Never heard of a horse foundering due to having her feet trimmed while defies logic.???

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I've not heard that before either. I always try to get my broodies done 2-3 weeks prior to due date so that they have a couple weeks afterward to settle and not have to go over on trims. They are generally big and a touch grouchy at that point so a patient farrier that takes their time and gives them breaks is a big plus.

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post #16 of 17 Old 04-14-2012, 12:54 PM
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Fancy is a couple of weeks out from foaling, and just got trimmed this week, she had to be done, my usual farrier has been MIA since Christmas.

She was as good as gold, my new farrier was very careful and very patient, and she looks and must feel so much better carrying that load on nice trim feet.
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-15-2012, 01:27 PM
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I trim all my mares a few weeks before they foal. Why?

Because after the foal comes the stress of trying to watch baby and getting hooves done is often dangerous to both the farrier and I. Ive never had an issue with foundering. If anything i think untrimmed feet or more dangerous because of the amount of weight and pressure on long toes/etc .
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