04-06-2011, 08:32 PM
| || | Has my new horse foundered?
Purchased a mare, Bailey, in December in seemingly good health and a copy of a pre-purchase exam was given to me by the previous owner. She was somewhat underweight, so I went to the local feed store where they suggested feeding her Purina Strategy and Amplify. I followed the feeding directions as per package suggestions. In addition to the Purina feed, I've been giving her 1 green scoop Stablemix and 2 flakes of hay per day (1 3-way and 1 grass). I've already checked with Purina to make sure I didn't over feed and they don't think I did...but thought I'd provide all the details as someone else might see a mistake that I haven't! Lastly, she broke out in hives about a week or so after we brought her home. Our vet came out and said it wasn't really hives, but an allergic reaction to Oakmites. He gave her a shot to relieve the itching and also a rabies shot. I bring this up as I've read that there may be a link to vaccinations and founder. On to the symptoms...within a month (January) she was showing signs of tenderness in her front hooves...mostly when she moves from standing still. Her steps are short and it looks like it hurts when she turns left or right. Kinda like an old woman getting out of bed. Once she's moving, she looks fine. Oh and when she's standing still she will occasionally shift her weight back and forth on her front legs..she'll also stand with one leg forward, but her rear legs are not tucked under like the classic founder pose. I've had a trainer and a vet look at her casually(the vet just happened to be there and kindly took a quick look at her) and use a hoof tester on her and she showed only mild tenderness in her heel. They both felt it could be the beginning of Navicular and not Founder. They suggested Natural Balance Shoes which I had our farrier put on her about 3 weeks ago. At this time he noticed a few fever rings on her front hooves, but couldn't really determine the cause. At the time, he didn't think she'd foundered either. She's been off and on with this for the last 3 months. I've ridden her and she always seems fine, however I've noticed that she'd prefer to lope than trot which is odd, but I don't know her that well which is making this even harder. In the meantime I'm waiting for the vet to call so that we can x-ray for Founder, but I just don't know if I'm wasting my time going in this direction...Any ideas? One last tidbit, I have given her Butte on her bad days...which seems to really help her.