11-03-2010, 02:16 AM
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Depends exactly what you mean by founder(people have diff. Defs) & how bad it got, but with good hoofcare & management, using boots or such when necessary should be enough to keep her comfortable. If the pain is because of thin soles, pain meds may address the symptoms, but without protection, her feet will still be likely to become further damaged on rough/hard ground. Re 'still on limited pasture', it depends, but if she was obese & on lush pasture, it will probably be an incurable insulin resistance(like human type 2 diabetes) that has caused the laminitis, so will need lifelong management. Unfortunately, regarding breeding, this condition can be passed on en utero to the foal, but I'm not sure if that's always the case, esp if she's currently on a good diet/exercise. Something you'll no doubt want to find out about & consider before breeding her tho.
Re her hock & back, have you had a good bodyworker to see her? I'd suggest this may be a good move to begin with. Could be her posture because of foundering that led to the probs. Horses diets are generally deficient & imbalanced in a lot tho, especially magnesium, which also has a bearing on founder(see safergrass.org for one source of info) and effects muscles. So ensuring a well balanced diet & also supping with fishoil or glucosamine or such which is anti-inflammatory & helps joints would probably be good. Been recently hearing about green lip mussel powder too, but know nothing about that.