I recently rescued a varnish appaloosa who was very, and still is malnourished and has had previous founder. He is doing great in my care, picking up weight and got his feet trimmed properly. His previous owner claimed he was feeding him, which I highly doubt with as much weight gain he has put on in the two weeks under my care. The old owner was trimming his feet himself with no farrier schooling or know how.
My farrier said he has foundered but very very mild. I do know he limped real bad when I got him and his toes were super long. My farrier trimmed him up and I can't believe the difference, you wouldnt even know he had foundered. He doesnt limp much at all anymore.
My question is, could he be sound enough to run barrels. No NBHA kind of competition, this is a local saddle club that's for fun. It will be next year before we start as he still has a ton of weight to put on. I probably wont go full out running with him, like I said, this is mainly for fun until my 2 yr old stud colt is sent off to be trained/broke next year, then it will be another year before working on pattern.
I do have pictures of his body, and feet if anyone is interested.