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post #1 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Should I call the vet? Horse possibly foundered while I was away

Hi everyone, I just moved back home from university for the summer. My mare hasn't been showing any lameness or pain at all, however, she has indents above the coronet band on both front feet, extending further back but not all the way around. She also has some rings which are not as severe as some founder rings I have seen, but still have me concerned. Her toes are extremely long because the BO is still only having the farrier out every 8 weeks (about to change now that I am back to see her condition) and she grows fast in the spring and summer so it is hard to say if her movement is affected by founder or just her long toes. She was trotting around fairly willingly, a bit lazy but she is out of shape and I had just hopped on bareback and was slipping around a little. Could she have foundered while I was away and is no longer in pain? Or would she continue to be in pain after her bone sinking? And should I have the vet out at this point or wait a week to see what the farrier has to say?
Thank you all, I have little experience with laminitis/founder so I would really appreciate some advice!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone? Is it too late to help her, should I save the vet a trip out for a non-emergency and wait until the farrier comes next week for an opinion or is it important to have her looked at now despite no pain or heat or lameness?
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 03:03 PM
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The most popular answer is always to call the vet if you are in doubt but since she is not lame and shows no sign of pain, I think waiting for the farrier to see her next week is fine.
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^^^^^I agree with Corgi

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 03:35 PM
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I personally cannot guess by a description only. Pics, of the feet, from the side, on level ground, and the soles, and the whole horse can tell much more than words.
Don't panic just yet
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-07-2013, 03:56 PM
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Rings do not always indicate founder. They could be caused by anything from vaccinations or deworming, to a diet change, a move to a new barn or pasture, to a strange weather change even in more sensitive horses. It just shows that there was some sort of minor trauma that caused some inflammation in the hoof for a time. Just because the horse has a ring is no reason to panic just yet. Long toes can definitely cause a horse to be pokey, or trip. See what the farrier has to say and then decide.
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Thank you all I feel a lot better now :)
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