Originally Posted by AngelWithoutWings54
When Barbaro the racehorse broke his leg, they put him on a thing that wrapped around his stomach and lifted him up off the ground. It made it so that he didn't have to put any weight on his leg, so that it could recover. I don't know if this would help with the horse's hoof, but its worth a shot.
The sling will get her up off her injured foot for awhile, but a horse can't stay in a sling indefinitely because it's too hard on them physically to be hung where their feet can't touch the ground.
Barbaro isn't exactly a good example, since he was put down because he developed laminitis in his uninjured feet because he couldn't put weight on his injured leg.
It wasn't Barbaro's injury that decided his fate, it was the laminitis in his other feet. Let's not forget that this was a horse who had 24/7 vet care, and they still
couldn't save him. This mare doesn't have 1/100th the medical attention Barbaro did.
Unfortunately, I predict the same thing will happen here. Even if the mare starts to grow her hoof back, displacing her weight onto her 3 remaining good feet is just laminitis waiting to happen.
Evans, I'm sorry. I know you're doing all you can for this girl, but I just don't think in the end it's going to be enough. Your vets sound like buffoons.