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        03-31-2009, 07:41 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    The grain could be making her worse... Low grade laminitis can be caused by diets high in grain and sugars. I would take her off the grain. I would feed her alfalfa or alfalfa/timothy hay pellets along with a general vitamin supplement, like Select II. That will give her all the nutrition and calories she needs, and eliminate the risk of laminitis from grain. If you go with a powdered vitamin supplement, just use some water to make it stick to the pellets.

    If trimmed properly, a horse should NOT be lame after the trim, even barefoot. She might be tender on rocks, but you should be able to walk, trot, and canter her in soft pasture or the arena, right after she's trimmed. Sounds like you need a second opinion.
         
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        04-01-2009, 04:11 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Since you have boots for her already, do you have pads for them? The foam kind, like insoles we put in human shoes. That could make her VERY comfortable, at least while you work her. Try www.happyhoofpads.com and order the blue or gray, in a medium thickness (about 1/2 in thick or less so it will still fit inside your boot). You'll have to cut them down yourself, but they are cheap, and very cushy. Or you can try the EasyCare comfort pads, they are available in different densities, too, and are marked to cut down to fit their boots. I'd go for the softest pads right now.
         
        04-02-2009, 01:26 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Thanks!!!! I will re-evaluate her diet and I will try those pads, it sounds like it could help. All I have now is just the regular BOA boot, but without padding. I'll let you know how she does!
         

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