I sold my mare three years ago and she was bred by the new owner. Colt was born last June and my girl was basically neglected through the pregnancy. She was losing weight during the pregnancy and was emaciated when he was born. Over the last year she's put on weight very slowly, but the neglect moved to her feet. Her shoes were pulled in December and no farrier came out until two weeks ago. I bought her back last week to save her from this misery. I am not clear on the total history, but she has been off on the front right for most of the last year. That foot is clubby and from the hack job the farrier did right before I bought her, I'm sure she hasn't been trimmed properly for more than two years. Long story short, the vet came out last Friday and here's a basic summary of her current issues:
-Uneven trimming/shoeing on the front right. About an inch difference between inside and outside with extreme sole tenderness and crooked coronary band. Possible beginnings of ring bone.
- Grade 2 heart murmur that fades with walking exercise. (Disappeared after lameness walk out.)
-Still lactating, weaned colt when I picked her up one week ago.
-Underweight, moderately thin. About a 3-4 on the 1-10 scale.
-No topline from lack of exercise. No work for over a year.
-Heavy sand load in her belly.
-All vaccines are expired.
-Teeth need floating, but not inhibiting feed consumption.
-Pigment loss around the eyes.
Current treatment includes:
-Leaving shoes on to protect sore sole. Allow grow out and follow good farrier's advice in 4-6 weeks.
-Exercise once soundness in front right is restored to improve heart condition.
-Two flakes alfalfa, unlimited grass hay everyday.
-Three scoops psyllium per day for 90 days to clear sand. Added small scoop of wheat bran to feed psyllium with it and a small scoop (maybe 2 cups worth) of Equine Senior to help make it palatable.
-No extra grain to avoid continuing milk production.
-Rabies vaccine given last week, 6-way to be given in 3 weeks, west nile 3 weeks after that.
-Float teeth in 6 weeks when vet comes for west nile shot.
-Wormed with ivermectin before I picked her up, continue worming program.
Should I add a hoof supplement to help them grow out faster? Or should I let them be and just see how having good nutrition again helps? She never had trouble growing hoof before and I've never had lameness issues at all despite the clubby foot. I'd owned her since birth prior to selling her. She's 13 now.
Any ideas for building topline before she's sound again? Looking to avoid side reins and lunging once she is sound also. Thoughts?
Anyone know what might cause loss of pigment? Vet thought perhaps it was pregnancy related although previous owner claims it didn't occur until the last few months. Nutrition issue? Genetic? Half sister and full brother do not have any pigment loss.
Anyone with experience bringing back a poor horse? Thanks in advance!
Lexi last year right after foaling:
Lexi last week: