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        03-23-2011, 10:40 AM
    Exclamation What do you think? Will he ever be rideable?

    So Vriski is a rescue pony. I bought him to keep company to my mare. I didn't need a horse to ride, and I knew he will end at the buther's, because of his hoofs. His height is about 120cm - about 11 or12hands.
    My first question is: How old do you think he is? I was told he's about 7years, it's been one year from then, so he should be 8 now.

    His hoofs weren't done for a long time before we got him. He also had laminitis. I have him for a year now. Here are some pics of his hoofs (farrier have done him in the end of January, so it's 2 months now. We are all very angry, because neighbours don't want to pay him every two month(only every 3 months) and he comes to do both at the same time - long distance between us and him. Now we're waiting to get the same timing that some other barns near us. He is one of the best farriers in my country, he's also doing the police horses.):
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    I'll continue in another post (too many pics.)
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        03-23-2011, 10:50 AM
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    When we got him he was barely walking, his front legs straight all the time. Something like this:

    Now he runs, with no problems on soft surface, on the hard one he does too (by his will), but with straight front legs. I've started to lunge him this month (on the soft surface). My question is: Do you think he will be rideable? How much can he carry?
    I would be thankful for all the coments, advices and help.
        03-23-2011, 11:00 AM
    He sure is a cute little guy. Looks like he's doing really well with you. =]

    I don't know. Other people on here would probably know a lot more about it than I do. If he was mine, however, I don't think I'd try to put riders on him. I have known foundered horses to still be ridden lightly, but I'm a worrywart and it would be too much of a gamble for me. Laminitis scares the crap out of me. But like I said, take it with a grain of salt because I'm no expert.
        03-23-2011, 03:52 PM
    Thanks :)
    Yeah, I was told by the farrier, that he will probably not be able to be ridden, but not because of laminitis, but because his hoofs weren't trimmed for so long... His right front hoof is a disaster :(
    I don't care if he will ever be ridden, or not. He is excellent in his work: keeping a company :P
    I'm very interested about what can I do to make him feel better. And I really want to know his age...
        03-23-2011, 09:52 PM
    I don't have a lot of experience with laminitis, but I don't think so. I wouldn't anyway, but if I were you, I'd get the opinion of a vet.
        03-24-2011, 02:30 AM
    Green Broke
    He might but only lightly but then again if the bone hasnt shifted he might come back fully sound as long as his feet are kept done correctly
        03-24-2011, 02:45 AM
    Green Broke
    I have a feeling he may be younger... not to sure I am just reading up on teeth now, would you be able to take some side photos of his mouth open?
        03-25-2011, 11:59 AM
    Thanks everybody. I'm not very sure that his bone isn't shifted (the right front leg). The other 3 legs are going better, there is a big progress every time he's trimmed, but the right one is getting better very slowly. I'm quite happy he can run He and mare love to play, they have days when they run like crazy :P I'm not trying anything with him until farrier will say I can, but I just wanted to see if you think he'll get better. I wouldn't lunge him either, but that's the best way to gain his respect. I had big problems with his behaviour until I started to lunge him, and now he's a good boy. Do you think I should stop lunging him too? I'm afraid he will start being unrespectful and agressive again. And I always watch if he's lame and I would stop if he was.
    I have a feeling he may be younger... not to sure I am just reading up on teeth now, would you be able to take some side photos of his mouth open?
    I'll take a pic today or tomorrow, depends on when my mom will have time to be a photographer :P
        03-25-2011, 01:45 PM
    They say it takes about a year for a whole new hoof to grow, and if he's got laminitis, I'm guessing that it will probably take a bit longer. I know here we generally correctively shoe horses that have had laminitis, and especially on hard surfaces it tends to help cushion them a bit better. I would give him more time, let his feet grow out a bit more, and see how he does, but if you are fine with not riding him, then I wouldn't push it. He's a very cute horse.
        03-25-2011, 01:53 PM
    If you could post a picture showing the side of the mouth/teeth.. I could probably tell you a good guess
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