I cannot recall how to tell if a horse has foundered in the past. This gelding pony that I am buying is limping. She claims that he got out with the other ponys and might have hurt his leg, but she had from the start said that he was light on his front legs. She said she thinks that he had foundered at one point, but I am not sure. His hoofs are in awful condition, they are cracked and so long, im not sure when the last time the poor thing had them trimmed. When I lifted it to pick it out (who knows when the last time that had happened as well...) you could see the natural curve of where the hoof wall "should" be, and it was overgrown about 2 inchs from there. I will put a picture in here, and you can kind of see his hoof, and tell how bad it is. But I thought I remembered there being a way you could tell if a horse had foundered, like a hole in the outside wall of the hoof, or a ring....am I thinking of something different? Its been so long!
Also, what is a good way to recondition a horse that has a limp like that? I am going to go out and pick up some hoof conditioner for the cracks, is there anything else you recommend? Im going to have the vet do a thurough exam on him and im sure she will be able to point me in the right direction, but I thought id ask yall as well! Thanks!!!
You can only see his right hoof in this one, which is bad too..but the left one is the really bad one. When I went to pick out his right hoof, he started to lay down after a mintue, im guessing its from the pressure on his left hoof, poor guy
Here you can see the inside of his left hoof
You can really see how bad the left one is in this picture...