Do I need to be worried about founder?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Do I need to be worried about founder?

This is a discussion on Do I need to be worried about founder? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        06-02-2009, 06:56 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Do I need to be worried about founder?

    Hello All!

    This is my first post and i'd appreciate some advice

    I recently brought my horse home from college for the first time for the summer (i got him while I was at school). He moved from Virginia to Michigan. I was told that Michigan grasses are richer than the ones in Virginia, but I figured he would adapt because he's lived his whole live outside. He's been in michigan for about 3 weeks. That being said, his barn's owner recently expressed concern that he was getting chubby and she mentioned founder as a possible problem because of the amount of grass in his field. I hadn't even thought that this would be an issue because he's 15 and so used to living outside with grass 24/7.

    But I want to do what's best for him of course. Should I be worried and get him a grazing muzzle or something? I would hate to do that to him, but I don't want him to founder obviously. So I need some advice.

    He's a 14.3 hand polish arabian if that helps any. Thanks so much for any help
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        06-02-2009, 08:05 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Welcome to the forum. Lots of helpful people here.

    All I know is you don't want an overweight horse. If you can't feel his ribs, I would muzzle him. I've also been told that horses kept on grass need to be wormed monthly due to all the various things that live in the grass. Weight + worms = no good.
         
        06-02-2009, 08:08 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Thanks! He does get wormed monthly. I make sure of that bc he's outside all the time.

    Are there any particular brands of muzzles that you would suggest? I've never used one before and I want to get one that's really comfortable for him
         
        06-02-2009, 11:42 PM
      #4
    Trained
    I've never used one, so I'm not sure what to suggest. I'm sure someone will weigh in with some good info for you.
         
        06-03-2009, 01:31 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    A horse on a rich pasture is more likely to founder , especially if it's overweight . More exersize can help , but definitely consider a muzzle of some sort . Any horse or pony of any age can founder even if they are 25 and have never had it before. Keep feeling your horses feet for heat ( one of the first indicators ) and if you have any doubt call a vet or farrier as a severe case can lame a horse for life ( or worse ) .
         
        06-03-2009, 02:20 AM
      #6
    Trained
    Does he have a crest developing on his neck? This is one of the most obvious signs, btu doesn't appear in every horse. If you can feel heat in his feet then he is CLOSE to actual founder and get him off that grass immediately.

    There are horses who founder, and there are horses who don't. Shetlands and ponies are more prone to it that other breeds, but other breeds do founder nonetheless. My 14.1h arab gets fat as billy-o but he has never even looked like foundering. It really depends on the individual horse.

    The best thing you can do is give him regular excersize. Is it possible to tape off a portion of his paddock and eat it down? This would give you a barer yard to maybe put him in at night to reduce his intake of grass. If it is bad you could let him out for only an hour or two. My first pony, a welsh mountain, had to be locked up at night in a dirt yard to keep her at a healthy weight.

    To me, muzzling is at the extreme end of the scale. I don't really like the idea of muzzling my horse... lol. They wouldn't be able to itch themselves or groom with buddies...

    Most founder prone horses can be managed with periods on grass and periods locked up. A shetland at our place at the moment is kept on dirt and only allowed on grass an hour or so a day. She is a very healthy weight and doing great.

    There are also products that claim to help prevent founder. I have used them, but have no idea wether they are effective or not. The one I have experience with is founder-guard. Link.

    My reccomendation would be to manage his weight with excersize and periods of grazing/periods of non grazing time.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Should I be worried Painteddreamfarm Horse Health 5 02-12-2009 11:57 AM
    Really worried!! prbygenny Horse Tack and Equipment 5 10-24-2008 11:03 AM
    little worried... 4EverPainted Horse Training 7 07-19-2008 10:07 PM
    What could this be? Worried! Abby Horse Health 7 05-01-2008 03:48 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:44 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0