Originally Posted by Elizabeth Bowers View Post
Thank you all! As for my gelding, he suffers a laminitis yearly because of the rate of hoof growth, he foundered as a 3yo, and recovered really well, but was left to pasture because my grandfather said he was ruined. And it's almost impossible to find someone who will come and trim him, because of his fear of men, and there aren't any female farriers in the area. His hooves grow out of control, and break and split, I do the best I can to keep him comfortable when this happens. And I don't have the skills or the knowledge about hoof trimming.
Maybe I'm getting the wrong impression from what you've said, but in all honesty it sounds like he desparately needs you to either find him a new home with someone who will care for him appropriately, spend some time & money on training to get him over his fears so you can get him the regular professional help he needs, &/or get yourself the knowledge & skills to trim his feet & look after him properly yourself(it's not just about trimming either).
I do appreciate that it sounds like you've been dumped with him & sounds like you may have no support from knowledgeable & caring horsepeople, but seriously if the horse suffers both from regular laminitis and is also chronically neglected, then respectfully, it sounds like your current 'best' is far from good enough for him either. This may be hard to hear, but if I'm getting a realistic idea of the situation from what you've told us, it's nowhere near as hard on you as it's been for the poor horse to have put up with, for how many years?
PP I think would be a great idea for him, it would help him immensely with his hooves.
I think you're overestimating what it can do. It will not look after your horse's feet for you and encouraging/forcing further exercise on a chronic and unmanaged founder can make matters worse for the poor boy.
i was told to feed them corn with corn husk for the same amount of time, I don't know if this is true.
That sounds like strange advice to me, but then as I said, I know very little about heaves. Not assuming, hopefully stating the obvious, but I'd just suggest you don't just do what someone tells you blindly, at least analysing whether or not it's reasonable. At least ask for different professional's opinions before trying stuff willy nilly.