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    08-31-2010, 02:48 PM
Foundered 3 years ago...

My new horse Vinnie actually grass foundered three years ago, and he hasn't been ridden since (we just found this out, ugh). So now I have a really big fear that once I start really working him he'll break down and become lame.

Is it likely that he will? Like I said it's been three years. He's perfectly sound now, but he hasn't been REALLY worked since he foundered. I'm planning on taking it slow anyway (he's much too fat, especially now that I know he has foundered before..) and just lunging him and building muscle and losing fat.

So, what are your thoughts?
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    08-31-2010, 11:53 PM
You won't really know until you get some work under his belt. Theres a good chance he'll be fine. The main thing will be to keep his diet under control to prevent any relapses. Over that amount of time, unless he's had other episodes, all the damage should have grown out.
    09-01-2010, 12:24 AM
Thanks! I was hoping to hear that :)
    09-01-2010, 01:15 AM
Yep, I would just bring him back into work slowly. Keep a very close eye on those feet and check for heat occasionally. If he shows even the slightest bit of ouchyness, go ahead and call the vet.

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