I personally am not sure how bad the founder got, nor can I get a vet to help me determine that. When I rescued her, the vet had treated her for the founder, but the man was feeding her 12% livestock blend and on green clover filled pasture. There was no bone rotation, she was very fat and absolutely no muscle out of shape. I have her feet getting trimmed and shaped and balanced every two weeks to insure that every new growth is getting the benifit of having a shaped and balanced hoof to grow on properly. Her soles are not tender any more, nor is she on hard ground.
She gets worked 3 times a day in a well padded indoor arena, gets 3hrs of non lush green pasture a day and her hay is local lower quality hay. I feed her omolene 200 and beet pulp. Honestly, she seems to be in great shape and her lameness is very subtle. She has come a LONG ways since I bought her.
The vet I talked to said that she should have no issues with passing anything along and would be just fine to breed. I might want to just run some blood work before breeding.
I have thought about the body worker, but have heard so much conflicting information. I did have a chiropractor take a quick look at her back and nothing is out. My gut tells me that it is arthritic pain. Even tho she is only 12, I think that with the founder and poor management her joints are not in very good shape as far as the HA and other joint lubes.
Thank you soooo much for your information. I think I might just have someone look at her and see what they suggest.