I just got my new horse in November. Paid $2500 for him to later find out that he has foundered before.
Anyway. Vet said it was only a 1-2 degree of rotation and the other hoof had some lipping and very very minor arthritis starting. Great....
Farrier came out today and I showed him the X-rays. He said the 1/2 degree of rotation is very minor but judging by my guys feet he was very lame at one point. And he's going to need shoes come spring time if I'm going to ride him.
The vet never flat out said to me 'he's foundered' so I didn't think the 1/2 degrees was foundering. Now I've never delt with a horse who's foundered before. I'm currently switching him to a RB and he will be muzzled all spring/summer.
My questions are- how bad is a 1/2 degree rotation and what do I need I look out for and keep an eye on? I know obvious the grass and don't let him get overweight. But, how should I muzzle him? My vet said to keep continuing to muzzle him the same as I did with my pony mare. I muzzled from 5am-2/3pm and left it off til morning again.
I will be moving him next week to a barn who has a 3 acre paddock with 3 other horses which gets pretty grazed down. Then they put up a round bale. Should I continue the same schedule as above? (It would be from about 8/8:30 am-3:30/4pm) and then leave it off all night? Or muzzle 24/7? How anal should I be about muzzling and such? I mean I am going to muzzle all spring/summer but am wondering how long to do so and such.
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