Any one have a horse that has foundered? Do we even use that word any more?
'Founder' is a layman's term meaning laminitis. In the United States, it suggests that the condition has deteriorated to the point of solar penetration by the distal phalanx (coffin bone). In western Europe the term is still used interchangeably with laminitis.
Has your horse ever been the same and have any treatments helped?
None of my own, but have assisted numerous client owned horses with this condition. Treatments vary somewhat, dependent upon extent of the pathology, but the protocol nearly invariably is designed to address the secondary mechanical failures associated with the disease.
Solar caudal support is critical in the early on-set stages. Formal approach focuses on relieving DDFT pull on the distal phalanx via caudal wedging and supporting the coffin bone via frog support.
A solid, communicative vet/farrier/owner team offers the best opportunity for recovery. Radiographic diagnostics and, when appropriate, venogram exams can assist in determining precise orthotic mechanics, measuring progress and any damage to the vascular bed.
My horse does not have it but I'm parinoid about what food to feed and whats the best for a low activity horse. Any info would be appreciated.
Dietary analysis/discussions are best accomplished through your local veterinarian. Every horse owner should have an "emergency kit" on hand and know when and how to apply it. That kit should consist of duct tape and pre-cut heavy gauge pads, either construction grade stryrofoam or EVA poly material cut to a wedge pattern. Know your horses vital signs. Become familiar with his digital pulse, normal body temperature, heart rate and general sense of "normal" hoof temperatures. Keep a record of these values in your emergency kit for future reference.
Every instance of acute on-set laminitis should be treated as an emergency situation. Never take a "wait and see" approach if you suspect laminitis. Always engage both your vet and your farrier. The vet will provide specific diagnostics. The farrier will address the critical mechanical needs.
It is important to know that there is no "cure" for laminitis. The treatment and best chance for recovery exists in addressing the catastrophic mechanical failure secondary to the disease. Speed is important.