Well it has come to a point that my mare has founder. She is not showing the traditional signs of serious founder of wanting to rock back on the hind legs to keep weight off the front.
The signs she is showing is a continued lamness in the right front foot and tries to place it where it can keep pressure off the heel. Two weeks ago, the farrier stated that the sole of this foot was very soft. I cleaned out her feet on Saturday and noticed her flinch a little more than normal as I cleaned this hoof (right front White hoof). She has seen a vet in Feb. and exrays showed a slight turn down in the toe bone of approx. 1/2 mm. The right (white) hoof is growing more than the left (black) hoof.
Our next step is to put shoes on the mare using the "Natural Balance" type shoe, which is what the farrier has recommended. The four week trimming is due in two weeks and that is when we will put shoes on.
Over the past 14 days I have noticed her walking better, putting weight on the hoof and walking almost in a normal way, but sometimes acts a little ouchy. But we are still planning on putting shoes on her for the reason of the continued lamness.
I just need to know if some horses with this can go from showing signs of founder or navicular to being okay to be ridden. I understand that this will be with her for the rest of her life, but I do believe that we can keep her on a preventative schedule so that she could be ridden and enjoy her life.
I need some input to better educate my self and see what other horse owners have done in the past.