I have a 9 yr old Tenn. Walking Mare who had laminitis about 3 or 4 springs ago that was caused by her being slightly overweight and eating to much rich spring grass. She came around and has done well, the only complication was an abscess in one of her front feet, which the vet said was common in horses who have had laminitis. We're not exactly sure how severe she got but we caught it the first day she acted sore. (we didn't do any x-rays, our vet doesn't have an x-ray machine).
Anyways, since then she has come through all that and she has been barefoot. Now I'm starting to do a lot more trail riding and riding on roads. There is also a possibility that I will be traveling to Tennessee to go on a pretty adventurous trail ride weekend down there, and I'm thinking that I need shoes to protect her feet and for traction. What shoes do you think would be best for her? (if you could articulate why that would be great).
Another thing about her that we've noticed this spring is that she has been growing more sole than toe, not typical of other horses in the spring, and they are growing very slow. I'm thinking that it's due to us keeping her up in her stall off the grass to prevent founder and laminitis and feeding a mix of alfalfa and grass hay which is like a winter diet. What do you think? Would a feed supplement containing biotin help her feet grow faster? Should we give her more grass to see if that will help her feet grow?
Thanks for your help!
Also: Her stall that she's kept in is connected to a small turnout corral so she isn't in a 12x12 stall all day, and she does walk around in that pen. And she does get exercise from being ridden about 3-4 days a week.