A year after foundering...
It has been exactly one year since my boy Joe foundered. He had rotation of both front coffin bones, the left was 7 degrees the right was 6 degrees. He could barely stand, his food was kept near his head so that he wouldn't have to stand to eat. I really wasn't sure what to expect. The only other experience I had with foundering and laminitis was with a horse that had to be euthanized after the coffin bone came through the hoof.
I took to doing everything in power to keep that fate from not coming to Joe. Little by little Joe started improving. Two months ago I took him in to the indoor to walk him and he started making steps on his own. He had walked before but always with my prodding. This was all him. I started to cry I was so happy. He is still sore, some days more than others. He still gets Previcox every other day to help with that. All x-rays taken after the first ones have shown improvement. The bony column is stable, no further rotation, everything is looking good. He walks fairly well now, on his own he takes smaller, more hesitant steps, when I have him in a lead rope he takes much larger faster steps. Any ideas as to why that would be? My other question is, if everything is healing and looking good, why is he still sore? These may be stupid questions but any advice is very much welcomed! Thanks!
Oh and my vet came and looked at the sore I posted about the other day. It was just a bad hard scab that has been preventing the sore from healing. After nursing the sore and softening the scab I've got almost all new healthy healing taking place :)