Originally Posted by Gremmy
So they've been running her dead lame all this time? I don't know the barrel racing scene, wouldn't a dead lame horse be disqualified? I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around that; so xrays approx 13 years ago showed coffin bone rotation (founder). Bubba, you have a better handle on shoeing and hoof rehab than me...wedges for a rotated coffin bone? What?
So, mare has coffin bone rotation, uncertain about navicular changes, wedges, by some miracle is not only capable of hobbling around but is raced
for 13 years, and now at the age of 28, she can't even stand, and she has bleeding soles, suggesting the possibility of the coffin bone having penetrated the sole.
Wow. Honestly Phantomcolt, I know they're your friends and all, but that is outright abuse. I would be making an anonymous call to the proper authorities and getting that mare away from those people and at the very least out of her misery. Founder that severe is bad enough, I'm not sure what the prognosis is when the sole has started to bleed like that (thinking of how bad a simple nail puncture can be, founder will not be the only thing to worry about). Given her age as well...
Sorry we posted nearly the same time.
She hasn't been dead lame though that's the weird thing. She only started showing lameless this past April. It's strange. They buted her up so they could run her without her showing too much of a limp. She'd show a limp at a walk and trot but full out you couldn't tell unless you knew the horse really well.
Part I bolded in your post is what worries me the most because I know if this is the case they WILL NOT put her down. They don't like putting horses down and wait till the absolute last minute.
I know, They're the type of friends that you LOVE sometimes but then they go and do something stupid so you just hate them. They're also the type that if you mention something about one of the horses and it's not the same as their opinion they will set out to make your statement sound so ridiculous and that their way is the way to go.
If I did call Animal control I don't think there is much they would do. The horses have food, water, and shelter. Not trying to defend them it's just the truth.
Like I said I'm just trying to learn. The situation really isn't up to me but if she were mine I'd never have raced her and if she got this bad I'd put her down.