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post #1 of 14 Old 03-21-2009, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Please offer an opinion - Rescued Mare

I just rescued a 15 year old Arabian Mare from a very sad situation 2 days ago (underfed, no shelter, mistreated by the other horses
in the pasture, etc).
She is due to foal in a few weeks as well (so more stress is on the foot). We live in a rural area and equine vets
are booked and hard to get into see, so I haven't had her in yet. I do not know if this
is solely because of her overgrown hoof, but I have a farrier coming out next week.
I don't know if it is that her Pasterns are weak or the joints or if it is because the hoof has
been allowed to grow and not be trimmed only. The man I was able to get her from had her
hooves trimmed a few days before I got her, so this was much worse. Any ideas as to what
is really wrong, if this stems from the hoof or if the hoof is a by product?
It does not seem to bother her in the least, she does not favor it, and every now and again,
she holds it more upright.

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-21-2009, 11:15 PM
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I knew another horse, long ago, that had this problem in her rear pasterns. It never seemed to affect her negatively, save for the aesthetic... I am not sure what causes that, other than maybe an old injury, or over use at a young age? Maybe genetics? I am clueless to this.

Good on you for rescuing her. She looks like she has an incredibly sweet temperament. Good for getting the farrier out to see her.

Keep us posted on her progress. Whats her name?

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-21-2009, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Teka. I hope it is just aesthetic.

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Looks like DSLD. Please get her in to see a farrier and vet as soon as possible. Many horses cannot live comfortably with DSLD when it gets very bad, and I'm sure you can appreciate that carrying a foal isn't the best for the joint.

Good for you for rescuing her!

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post #5 of 14 Old 03-21-2009, 11:54 PM
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It may be just the hoof. If it improve greatly with good trimming, then she may be fine. If it is the early signs of DSLD, then you'll want appropriate trimming and vet care to keep her sound for as long as possible, and NO more breeding .

DSLD information:

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post #6 of 14 Old 03-22-2009, 12:02 AM
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First, be sure that the diagnosis has been determined by a qualified veterinarian. There are a number of different types of leg problems--more specifically suspensory problems--that may at first look appear to be DSLD.

Could be a dropped fetlock. Often DSLD is painful so be sure if you treat it you are treating the right thing. If it is dropped there may be no fix and even the farrier may not be able to do a lot. This is in part a conformation fault and that mare should never have been bred.

Not much you can do now except have a vet in to properly diagnois it.
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DEFINITELY get a professional to diagnose her - a bunch of yahoos on a forum can't do that for you :)

(in the most loving tone possible)

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As I said, I have only owned her a few days, and I begged the man who had her to sell her to me because I felt so very sorry for her. She obviously should not have been bred for reasons far beyond that of just her conformation, and I do not think anyone rescues a horse to later on down the road proceed to bred them, so there is no worries in that regard. With all of that said, I am very hopeful that the foal will be healthy and be a great addition for us since the little thing will arrive one way or another now - lol.

The man who owned her, who, for all of his neglect, seems rather honest, said that he had known her former owner since she had owned Teka, and that this foot has always, since she was a foal, been this way when I talked to him about it, with me thinking at first it was due to the overgrown hoof. We are several hours from the Equine Vet, and she is close to having the foal, so I am not intending to make the trip until sometime after that occurs. I am just curious in the meantime until I can have her seen.

Thankfully it does not seem to bother her in the least for now.

I had wondered about DSLD, but if what he says is true and it has been this way since she was a foal, from what I've read, that would mean it wasn't DSLD, right?

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I know nothing about DSLD except what I read on the above link. Doesn't sound to me like something from birth, but... ?

I don't get why one back hoof is so long, but the other isn't. THe other needs to be done as well, but it's not nearly so bad. Also, I notice she is bearing weight on it, while resting the other foot, so that's a good sign.

I hope your farrier is a good barefoot trimmer. One that's trimmed up and all her feet are better, the problem may not be so noticeable.

Keep us updated, with new pics after the farrier is out.
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I know this is an old thread, but I thought I would update it anyway since it is always good to hear a happy ending.

Teka, the mare above, had her foal, and he was in a great health and cute as could be. We found a rehabilitation and rescue that was able to take them both in late May, and we drove them up to home , which was about 5 hours from us, and they are doing great there, and the vet and farrier have her hoof on its way to being corrected. They are far better equipped to help her and her foal than we were in our rural area. We had a farrier out twice, and the hoof did look better just after those visits.

These are photos from right before we took her and the foal to the new rescue. She already looked much better, as you can see, but she had and has a long way to go:

And at the new rescue:

I just thought I'd give this an update. So many horses do not get the help they need in time or get such a happy ending, and thought she hasn't found her forever home, I know Suzie and the rescue will not ever let her go unless they find a perfect home for them.
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