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post #11 of 33 Old 11-30-2012, 03:59 PM
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Please keep us posted, kay.

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Thank you guys so much!! I will for sure keep you posted!! Our minis are with 2 mini donkeys in a little pasture, mostly dry. In the summer it gets a little grass, but they won't usually eat it. They are fed hay year round. So if I get to the minis before the vet calls back, what should I do in the meantime? Should I bring her in and do something with her right away...? My 5 year old mini mare, Jasmine is my avatar, and my 7 month old foal, Josie, should have some pictures on here also, if not I will upload some current ones tonight. If there are pictures of her on here, they are probably from when she was really young. She has changed so much it is crazy!

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Im hoping everything goes ok, let us know!
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My 5 year old mini mare is my avatar, and I have pictures of the 7 month old foal on here I think! I will try to get some pics of them today and post them!

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The 5 year old sounds like she has a fungal infection in her frog
She needs some anti fungal cream and her hooves kept clean and dry.
Its what happens when thrush goes untreated.
I purchased a mare like this and she had all four hooves just torn apart.
The farrier needs to come cut the dead off twice a week off her frogs for healthy growth and kept clean and keep applying anti fungal cream until she is healed.

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Most vets advise that a laminitic needs to be stabled on really deep bedding to cushion the soles especially if the pedal bone is rotating and in a 'bad place'
I wouldnt feed anything but soaked hay and only in small amounts, make sure they drink enough
Its really easy to over feed hay, I have to be very careful with my cobs at this time of year as they can eat more hay in an hour than they would browsing around the paddock and grass is way higher percentage water which just gets peed out. Good quality hay can be as high in sugar as some grass/ My grazing isnt wonderful and I have to restrict them so they dont have access to loads of deep lush stuff or they just balloon or would get laminitis.
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Our vet called back and said since it is cold here, her hooves may feel hot, or some horses just have hot hooves because some horses just have more blood flow to the hoof. I'm going to take her temp first off, but that was our vets opinion. Also, I will post some pics of the 5 year olds hooves when they are cleaned out, so you can get a better idea. Her hooves are overgrown right now and we have been working on getting them down since we bought her
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How is she walking, kay? Horses that have foundered are pretty obviously in pain.

I'm not pleased with your vet just blowing you off like that. Hope your farrier can figure out what's going on.
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Our vet called back and said since it is cold here, her hooves may feel hot, or some horses just have hot hooves because some horses just have more blood flow
Of course with little information, who knows what state your ponies are in & perhaps I've misunderstood, but your vet gave you that over the phone 'diagnosis'??? Assuming she hasn't seen the horses very recently, examined their diet & weight(the one in your avatar looks rotund), examined their hooves, etc, I would be thinking she either knows very little about laminitis & hooves, or she doesn't care much. If so, I'd be looking for another vet!

I would be inclined to treat the horses as acute laminitis cases, until it has been properly ruled out. People often think of hay as 'poorer' than grass in relation to laminitics. It does lose nutrients in cutting/drying, but unfortunately grass only loses sugars when it's growing, so hay is just as high in sugar as the grass was - & most hay these days comes from 'improved' cattle fattening rye grass or such. I'd be soaking & draining the hay before feeding to the horses(& donks) to leach out some of the sugar.

If their feet have been allowed to overgrow, this can exacerbate any systemic problems. We all live in 'the real world', but it's best to keep feet trimmed frequently enough to keep them in good shape, which is especially important if you suspect they are already compromised in some way.

More info on management, exercise, etc & hoof pics(see link in signature below) would be helpful if you would like more specific opinions.
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