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post #1 of 25 Old 09-01-2012, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Please help not sure what is going on

I am petsitting my friend's horses and am not sure what is going on with him. He is in his early 20's. I went out to clean the stalls and love on the horses when I noticed that Dundee, the pony in question, was walking slower than normal and a lil off in his right hind leg. When he stands, he stretchs out in his hind and front. I have checked for any edemia or swelling and have not found any. I checked his temp which read 99.3, 99.8, and 99.7. I felt his feet and they felt slightly warmer in comparison to his stallmates. His gums return to pink immediately after I remove my finger. He also has good gut sounds. In the 30 years that I have had horses I have never dealt with something like this so I am in awe with what this could be. I am thinking he could have foundered but have never had a founder or have been around one to know for sure if this is what is going on. He definitely looks uncomfortable. He has been pooping. I am unsure how much water he has been drinking too becasue there is one communial water trough for three horses. I have included videos of him so that you can see him. Please any info or comments would be greatly appreciated. I will try to get some pictures of him and maybe a better video.
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-01-2012, 01:29 PM
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To my inexperienced eye, that looks like a laminitic walk.

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post #3 of 25 Old 09-01-2012, 01:34 PM
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I would say laminitic attack, founder. I suggest calling a vet immediately explain symptoms and then they will tell you if they need to come out.

What does this pony get fed? Ponys are especially prone to founder.
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post #4 of 25 Old 09-01-2012, 01:39 PM
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That does have that look. However, the laminitis cases I have seen they stand that way (legs out in front) and they don't walk around for just any reason. I mean, they hardly walk at all.
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Dundee was getting fed 1/3 of a flake of grassy alfalfa, 1/3 of a flake of alfalfa, and 1/3 of a flake of grass for the last week. He was getting transition from straight alfalfa to the grassy alfalfa. He is now on 1/2 flake of alfafla and 1/2 grass with super supplement in the P.M. After talking with the owner, we are putting him on straight grass. Thank you for helping.
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post #6 of 25 Old 09-01-2012, 02:34 PM
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If he was just starting to a mild founder, he might still be walking around. Did you check to see if there's a feeling of heat from his hoofs? If there is heat that can be indicative of founder (or laminitis) and you really should have a vet's help. In the interim, if you are able to, you may wish to hose or soak the feet in cold water. This can help make the horse a little more comfortable and it apparently can also help slow the founder process.
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Have you noticed any heat in his hooves? This looks like laminitis to me also. If he is just starting to get laminitis then he would still be walking around, just sore. It progresses very quickly though. He looks to park with his feet out in front of him, another sign. The best course of action is to call a vet & between the two of you decide what is causing it. It could be the hay or feed related but laminitis is brought on by many things. Its important to quickly decide what the cause is and treat him from there.
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I have seen dozens of foundered horses and that is my first impression when I watch your videos. However, he could be affected neurologically- is he eating and drinking normallly? Specifically does he seem like he can get the feed into his mouth and chew and swallow normally? Is he fully vaccinated for tetanus?
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post #9 of 25 Old 09-01-2012, 06:46 PM
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That looks like laminitis to me as well, I'd get the vet out ASAP...

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post #10 of 25 Old 09-01-2012, 07:00 PM
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I'm thinking laminitis or founder, especially since you stated his feet feel warm. Poor thing, and poor you as well. Horse sitting is especially stressful when one of your charges shows signs of illness.

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