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        11-10-2011, 09:22 PM
    Unhappy Question about Founder, Urgent!

    Hi, I posted this message somewhere else on this site, but not sure where. Sorry if this is just a repeat. My pony foundered last February and went incorrectly diagnosed for 8 weeks. X-rays showed a 5 degree rotation, but she has since come back really well. She has lost weight, her insulin levels were down and I just got the go ahead to start riding her again. But tonight when she was on supervised turnout (not so supervised as it ended up) she got her mask off and could have been eating grass for as long as 1 1/2 hrs. I called my vet who said that I would have to wait 48 hrs to see if there is any sign of a relapse. Now I am super stressed out. Anyone have any experience with this?

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        11-10-2011, 09:28 PM
    Depending on where you are... It might not be as bad as it sounds. Where I am in Maine, the grass is almost dead because of the onset of winter, therefore it doesn't contain much, if any, nutrients... I have a mare who's foundered twice, and we usually keep her in a turn out area with no grass, but this time of year we let her every few days go out in the big pasture with the other girls and eat all day.
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        11-10-2011, 09:32 PM
    I'm in Ottawa, Canada, so getting pretty cold. I'm just really worried, but I appreciate your comment, hopefully my pony is like your mare and she will be okay. Thanks!
        11-10-2011, 09:53 PM
    Oh you're not far from here at all. I've been to Ottawa a few times- beautiful city!

    I think she will be fine. The grass is practically dead at this point and an hour and a half isn't really THAT long. Just keep an eye on her and notice how she's acting (seeming grumpy, quieter then normal, mouthier then normal, etc...) more then anything. If she's acting like something isn't right- I'd be concerned. But like I said, I am willing to bet all will be fine :)
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        11-10-2011, 09:54 PM
    Is she barefoot? We also keep front shoes on my mare all the time... We are actually putting on her snow shoes next week.
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        11-10-2011, 10:23 PM
    She has shoes on right now, so that's something. I appreciate your reassurances they certainly do help. Maybe I will get some sleep tonight! Thanks for your quick reply
        11-10-2011, 10:37 PM
    No problem :)

    Something to also keep in mind: whether you sleep tonight or not, the results tomorrow will be the same. In the event that she does founder, you will have a stressful day in which a good nights sleep will help just a little bit.

    But I honestly don't think she will. She's got shoes on and the grass is almost dead, and it was only an hour and a half.

    Sleep well, and you're welcome :)
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        11-11-2011, 12:11 PM
    Green Broke
    Taking everyone's advice another step:

    By the time you feel abnormal heat in the hooves, they have already been pulsing for a few days.

    So to ease your mind, it would be a good thing for you to learn to take your horse's digital hoof pulse

    I printed this information, laminated it and keep it at the barn because I know I won't remember all this

    First Aid: How to Take Your Horse’s Digital Pulse at the Fetlock

    As the article states, it is good to take your horse's hoof pulse (and record it) when you know she's feeling good. That way you have a baseline established.

    Having the records might also be an advantage in getting the vet to your house when something serious does happen because numbers don't lie and the vet knows you're serious

    Hope this helps:)

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