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post #51 of 64 Old 11-19-2012, 02:57 PM
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Well, hang in there and keep us posted. Hugs to Casper!

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post #52 of 64 Old 11-19-2012, 03:01 PM
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Op- where are you located if you don't mind me asking? I have a friend in Wisconsin that has a horse that foundered a few months back but is still battling issues. If you are close I would like to see if I could refer your vet to her.
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Poppy1356 Iam in western mn close to the noth dekota border don't think my vet would go to wisconsin. An update vet came and was glad to see he wasnt nearly as painfull. She said to give him the option of going out or staying in so opened up the stall and west barn door. He hobbled his way out to stand in the sun stood by his pasture mate on other side of fence and scratched withers with each other. His whole attitude changed he sooo much brighter now. Still have a long way to go but looks just a bit better at this time. He's a sorry sight to see but he's happy to be out vet thinks this should do him wonders. So time will tell as will the results of blood work tomorrow.
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Ah darn I was hoping I could send some good people her way. You're closer to me than her.

Good to hear he's doing better even after his setback. Hope he continues to improve.
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Just to add - my mare has Previcox now when her arthritis is troubling her and its amazing how well it works on such a low dose. The naproxin was not doing much good and also gave her ulcers - not happened with the Previcox so hope this is the turning point for you
I so admire that you've got that emergency fund - so many people don't think of things like that
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Just to add - my mare has Previcox now when her arthritis is troubling her and its amazing how well it works on such a low dose. The naproxin was not doing much good and also gave her ulcers - not happened with the Previcox so hope this is the turning point for you
I so admire that you've got that emergency fund - so many people don't think of things like that
Iv learned a valuable lesson in having emergency funds for my horses when one got sick with lyme dease. That really drained our savings account when that was said and done we were 1,800 dollars poorer. So yeah iv ever since started putting money away just for my horses.And I NEVER use this money for anything else either.Well heard back from vet she had the results of his test he's seriously IR that's why we been on this roller coaster ride. Plus he also cushings no kidney or liver isssues though. As far as how he's doing he's having a ok day today pretty lame and was down this AM. At least he was smart enough to go into his stall to lay down. So now I need info on what the heck to feed him as far as grain. Vet says he needs to put back on some weight after he's walking better. He's down to a 3.5 on the body score for now she said wont hurt him to be skinny. Oviously I don't want him this skinny all the time he looks like heck. Right now all he's getting is soaked hay and some soaked beet pulp with no molasses. Hay wise he's getting 15lbs a day beet pulp he's getting 3lbs dry weight. That's split into two feeding both hay and beet pulp. He was on a senior feed. But vet said to cut that out she thought maybe it was the cause of his foundering. That was before these test results at least now I know whats going on with him.
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Well I've been feeding my girl as if she is cushings and laminitic just to be on the safe side. I can tell you no rice bran, no grain whatsoever. Beet pulp and alfalfa for weight.

I highly recommend Feedxl.com to figure out what to feed. You check the diseases box and it will highlight things in red that you shouldn't feed. Very helpful and it ensures you are feeding a balanced diet.

What I have found to work is alfalfa pellets since I can't get alfalfa hay with about 2 oz of wheat germ oil per day. Walkinthewalk can help you so much more, she has delt with all of this and has done so much research.
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This is a link to a UK site that gives a lot of info on feedstuffs - they do tons of research and then 'approve' feeds.
About the Laminitis Trust Horse Feed Approval Mark
There are lots of complete feeds out there right now that are specifically for horses with metabolic issues so you can check them out and compare contents to the info in this link
I have fed my mare sugar beet (non molassed) for years now with no trouble, she does struggle to keep 'good' weight since she got it - though she was never fat, underworked or out at grass 24/7 before
I add a few hay stretcher pellets or non molassed chop to it and some Sentinel senior pelleted feed. She's what I describe as 'high geared' - very forward going and 'fizzy' though not at all spooky - too busy going forwards to notice things!!!! I've read negative things about soya but I've added oil and its in a lot of feeds including the Sentinel and its never affected her - she has never had an attack since the original one 7 years ago but will always be IR
I also feed Quiessence (magnesium & chromium supplement) which was suggested by my vet and since she's been on that she seems to hold weight better and not develop abnormal fat deposits as she was doing before
Drugs like pergolide are making life easier for Cushings horses but that's something you will need to discuss with your vet
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Vet will be here later today she said something about starting him on pergolide. Thanks so much Jaydee and poppy1356. So I can feed him alfalfa I didnt have a clue thought one wouldnt want to feed alfalfa to a foundered horse. I"ll will look into both those sites for feeding recomendations. From what vet says I don't want him to gain weight yet its easier on him being thin. I have him blanketed so it hide how horrid he looks blanket was off yesterday too warm out for it. He's spending alot of time down today so guess he's not feeling so great again.Right now he laying in the sun vet did say it would be a rough go yet. It is looking alot more hopefull though. Poppy1356 would walkinthewalk mind if I Pmed them?For now iam going to look at the sites iv been given to search.
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Good for you Spirit88 on all of this.

Ask your vet about the alfalfa too (your vet seems very good).

I recall the Farrier and vet will both be there Friday? I hope that together they can help him be more comfortable.

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