Laminitis in all four :( Worse in the fronts, but still finding a strong digital pulse in the hinds as well. However, the prognosis is good for now as long as he doesn't take a downhill turn or refuse to improve with treatment. She says she thinks I'll just have to manage his feed (not a problem) and stay on top of his regular maintenance.
As for now, the farrier that my family has always used and even met this guy when I first got him is trying to make room in his schedule to come out tomorrow morning. If he can't, I'll have to make arrangements to miss work for him to come Wednesday evening. Those are the only two possibilities to get him out this week. He's very well known in our area and frankly the best. Of course, that means this isn't going to be cheap, either, but that's ok. There's a reason I only have one horse now. He's going to definitely put shoes on the front to help get Flash relief, and we'll put them on the backs, too, if Flash isn't a pill about it.
She doesn't feel x-rays are necessary yet and is hesitant to call it a "founder", but if he doesn't improve or if he gets worse, I'll have to call a vet with a portable machine out (I don't have a trailer). She recommended two vets, both of which I've worked with quite a bit before and trust with my baby.
My dad just called and said he's really sorry about this, especially since I had such high hopes for Flash, but thinks that this is a road that I don't want to go down, that I'll be dealing with it for the rest of his life, and that it would be very expensive. I'm not sure what he was suggesting, but it was clear he wouldn't keep Flash if it were him. He's well-intentioned, but horses to him are just a hobby and he doesn't like to mess with horses that are going to have chronic issues. I told him what the vet said about thinking he could very well go on to live a happy, healthy, and long life with proper management and he was supportive, though. It's not exactly the best encouragement, but at least he was honest and supportive of me and what I'm going through.
So, now that I've heard my Dad's opinion, what have I got to look forward to? I'm still optimistic, but it's hard when most of what you hear are about all the career-ending and life-ending cases. I'll do whatever it takes to keep him sound and healthy within reason. Of course, I can't put the welfare of my family at risk, either. Right now, it doesn't sound like it has to go that direction, and I'm really hoping it doesn't.