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  • Horse founder in good leg
  • Caring for founder in horses

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    05-21-2011, 09:48 PM
Green Broke

For the past two days my mare Demi has been acting ouchy on her feet. She shifts weight onto her knee with the arthritis (This is very very odd for her) and at times she does the normal founder position (Bending back on her back legs to relieve pain). I called my farrier and a vet.
The farrier can't get out today but he told me to take her off grass, put her in a stall, and call the vet to get x-rays.
But he also told me that he isn't sure if she will be able to withstand the fixing of it because of the severity of her arthritis. I am devastated.
It is going to cost around $400 for the vet and farrier and we aren't even sure if her legs can handle it.
I am sorry I just needed to tell someone.
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    05-21-2011, 11:11 PM
Very sad I am sorry. It is not uncommon for horses with one bad leg to develop founder in the good leg because of the increased pressure from them favouring the bad leg. Hopefully the vet will be able to look at your horse very soon.

But he also told me that he isn't sure if she will be able to withstand the fixing of it because of the severity of her arthritis. I am devastated.
I think the treatment that your farrier is talking about is corrective shoeing but there are medical treatments for founder such as anti-inflammatories, analgesics, +/- antihistamines which would not affect her other leg.
    05-22-2011, 01:46 AM
If you can get her in a wet, muddy area, do so. Otherwise keep her bedded very deep and don't make her move around.

Depending on the severity of the laminitic episode, she may be very salvageable. Just depends on how bad it is. No reason to panic yet, when it's all'll just make yourself sick.
    05-22-2011, 04:16 AM
Agreed Bubba.

Paintluver you want her on deep bedding so it is easier on her, she can just sink into it, like we would on a deep mattress. Don't despair yet, and make sure the vet and farrier come out in the morning!

Post up and let us know how you get on!

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