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        09-12-2013, 12:06 PM
    This is just a suggestion but I see you live in the US. Look up Dr Dan Moore, he is a homeopathic veterinarian and he makes up special feeds and supplements for various problems with horses. One thing I have learned over the years working with a homeopathic vet myself with both my horses and dogs that targeting the immune system is a huge factor in healing the horse from the inside out.
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        09-13-2013, 12:19 AM
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    Oooh, some good info there...
        09-13-2013, 01:13 AM
    Yeah, sure is. I usually don't read if a product is involved but this is really very informative.
        09-13-2013, 08:53 AM
    More can be done for this horse. The trim isnt adequate. The farrier is out of knowledge IMO. Do you have recent Xrays?
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        09-13-2013, 08:19 PM
    When he gets trimmed, his heels are much lower, its has been about 3 weeks since his last trimming, maybe I should be getting it done more frequently? His last xrays were 2 months ago. I have been reading through lots and lots of information :) Mostly about adding supplements to his food. And I have another stupid question lol. I have seen lots of sites saying that he needs iodized salt. He has a salt block but I don't think he's touched it for a while. So, do I just add the salt to his grain? I'd like to get him off of the Previcox, I also don't want him to be too sore without it. I tried to upload a video of him walking today but it wouldn't upload so I'll get better pictures of his feet tomorrow. Thanks again for all the information, its a bit overwhelming, I'm incredibly grateful for all of it though!
        09-13-2013, 08:27 PM
    Adding salt to his grain is fine. Start out with a pinch, he might refuse if it's too much at the beginning. I soak a couple of handfuls of alfalfa- or grass pellets, add the RB or vit/min and all the supplements, mine gets Remission( magnesium), a probiotic, salt and ground flaxseed and vit.E
        09-13-2013, 09:24 PM
    Hey the only stupid questions are the ones you should have asked but didn't! Yeah, they don't get much from a salt lick & it's a mineral that *generally* needs supplementing. But there has been 'salted hay' mentioned here - don't know how common that is - & there are other areas/situations where salt may be otherwise adequately or over supplied, so as with everything, best to do a basic diet analysis before deciding what & how much extra to provide.
        09-13-2013, 11:21 PM
    I mentioned salting the hay for safe storing when there's a possibility if not being completely dry. Salt pulls out the excess moisture and frees essential oils. Oldtimer remedy to store hay safely avoiding mold. Loose salt is used, which usually falls out when bales are opened. Apart from that, hardly anybody knows that anyway
        09-13-2013, 11:53 PM
    Try offering a cup of pickling salt. Because it's not iodized you might want to add iodized household salt, about 50/50. A lick is designed for the raspy bovine tongue. The horse tongue gets sore. I provide the salt lick with trace minerals inside out of the weather and the loose salt near the water tank. If it gets rained on the horses just drink it as it's in a rubber feed pan. The lick is 4 years old and about 1/4 of it remains. Horses do prefer loose salt and some months the two of them go thro about 4 lbs.
        09-14-2013, 10:45 AM
    Originally Posted by Regula    
    , had I been fully aware of the consequences (as in - had I experienced them first hand), I would have been a lot more careful and picky about his boarding and feeding situation before he foundered. It would have saved him a lot of pain and me a lot of tears, heartache, and money...
    Very wise words even if sadly learned by hindsight that we all should take to heart.

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