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post #1 of 3 Old 05-20-2012, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Has my horse foundered from lamanites?

Hi, I moved my gelding from his previous owners 2 months ago. He was on not enough hay and too much sweet feed. I started giving him more hay and replaced sweet feed with a high fat high fibre. About 5 weeks ago I switched him to haylage which is quite rich in protein, about 12%. He stopped eating all of his feed and now it has progressed to tenderness in his feet between his bulbs and lameness in the same leg hind left.

Has my horse foundered from lamanites?

The vet is coming tomorrow but I'm going nuts here!
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-20-2012, 06:25 PM
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Typically founder effects the front feet first and leaves the horse in a position where they are leaning back onto the hind legs to get weight off the front.

I've always heard it is risky to feed haylage to horses due to the higher risk of botulism. I'm really worried when you say he is off feed and its effecting his hind limbs as I was told once that are two symptoms to look for in an adult horse. I really hope this is not the case and its a much simpler and easy to fix issue.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-20-2012, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you

Hi, thanks for the reply. Regarding the feed I should have clarified, he does eat it all when I soften it into a mash. Thank you for easing my mind on the lamanites. Hopefully it is not a big deal!
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