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post #1 of 23 Old 08-20-2008, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Foundering horse PLZ READ

We have a haliflinger mix that got into some pig feed and is now starting to founder. We have been soaking his feet in a pud muddle and giving him IM bandime as often as we can. What i would like to no is if it is possible that he may make it and if that letting him lay down is good.
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-20-2008, 08:25 PM
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Call your vet ASAP!!!!

Standing your horse in a cool stream or mud may relieve pain temporarily, but isn't a good idea because it slows the circulation, the opposite of what needs to happen. Soaking the hooves in warm water will help more by expanding the blood vessels and increasing circulation.

Yes you can allow the horse to lie down if he wants to.
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Hi,

According to Pat Coleby of "Natural Horse Care"....
Acute laminitis caused from extremely phosphate rich feed(which I guess is the case with pig feed(?)) causes acute magnesium deficiency and can be remedied by dosing the horse with epsom salts(magnesium sulphate)(1kg in drench) which will correct the imbalance.

I have suggested this once before to a client who's horse suddenly developed the problem when it got into a paddock just dressed with superphosphate. It apparently worked as well as hoped & the horse was fine in a few days. This horse was not foundering(coffin bone seperation & rotation) & had otherwise healthy feet tho. If that weren't the case, rehabilitation will probably also require mechanical(trimming) & other treatment and take some time.

Good luck!
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we ahve had the vet out 3 times. right now he is verypianfull on his feet and does not want to get up.
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All I can say is best of luck to you. I know its hard, just try not to give up. They told me my horse wouldn't make it but we fought on. And when she started healing they said she would have to be put out to pasture. They were wrong again, she went right back to jumping after fully recovering! Best of luck to you!

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All I can say is best of luck to you. I know its hard, just try not to give up. They told me my horse wouldn't make it but we fought on. And when she started healing they said she would have to be put out to pasture. They were wrong again, she went right back to jumping after fully recovering! Best of luck to you!
thanx how bad was he foundering
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thanx how bad was he foundering
She. She was really really bad with a collapsed hoof as well to top it off. She could barely walk. I would cry myself to sleep thinking that I would have to say goodbye soon... She was my life. (I say was because she ended up being sold from under me, still trying to find her to say goodbye.) Arabians are known to be stubborn, and oh, she was a fighter. So she never gave up trying to hold on for me. I think that had to have a lot to do with it too.

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What did you guys do for her? How old was she?
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I was still pretty young at the time so I'm sorry I don't remember everything. But I know we switched her hay to Timothy instead of Alfalfa. And we gave her bute, I think it was like twice a day. I also know we had to give her bandime shots. But most of all we just gave her lots and lots of time to heal.
Sorry I can't be much more of a help.

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I was still pretty young at the time so I'm sorry I don't remember everything. But I know we switched her hay to Timothy instead of Alfalfa. And we gave her bute, I think it was like twice a day. I also know we had to give her bandime shots. But most of all we just gave her lots and lots of time to heal.
Sorry I can't be much more of a help.
Was she laying down a lot? MY horse just keeps laying down. Not rolling.He just dosn't want to put a lot of weight on his feet.
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