I owned a mare who was out loose in a pasture and ran through a cattle guard, tearing off more then half of her hoof. She was a yearling, perhaps a bit younger then that when it happened. We did not own her at the time but have been led to believe that she was not treated by a vet, somewhat doctored and turned out to pasture for a year to see if she would heal.
Now, we got her as a two year old knowing she wasn't sound, wasn't likely to be either but she was nice looking with a great personality and my mom fell in love with her. We have her extensive farrier work and put her on a carefull feeding program with supplements but she was never right from the time we bought her.
She had numerous vet visits and numerous X-rays and come to find out her front legs and grown deformed to compensate for the injury. Her canon bones crew crooked and she was bench needed. She had horrible side bones and because of all this caused her to stress founder. Which caused laminitis, all this at the age of 7.
Now this mare did live a good life, she was pasture sound but never right, always walked very stiff almost but not limpy until she got older and began having more and more bad days.
As her laminitis progressed and her coffin bone continued to rotate we knew she wouldn't be around for much longer. At around 9 her coffin bone became stationary, though he 'wrongness' was even more pronounced. We were urged to keep her alive by a vet, though she was always on some kind of painkillers after this. She ended up living until she was 12 when she slipped on a sheet of ice and we believe her coffin bone completely broke through. She was immediately put down, febraury of this year.
Now, I believe this mare only did as well as she did because of the age in which the injury happened. Her legs and hooves were still developing and allowed her body to compensate for the injury. The supplements we gave her we now swear by and think it took a part in prolonging her life too. For your horse, and after witnessing my girls bad days, I'd put her down. I watched Chuck Taylor's story and the way he walked was horrifying. There is absolutely no reason to keep and horse in pain alive for your own enjoyment.
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