My horse foundered in early April this year. He has been through it all - lameness, gel sole shoes, blew some abscesses, diet etc etc.
After his last x-rays, both the angles and the thickness of his soles looked a lot better. Also, I can't feel the pulse in his fetlocks any longer. His gait is still not 100% back to how it was before, but he seems to have steadied and hasn't had any obvious lameness in almost 2 months now.
He is still in his own paddock, which borders the pasture the other horses are in. He is on his own feed program (25lbs of hay and 2 lbs of ration per day), and has lost quite a bit of weight since he started his diet. Right now, I'd say he's at the bottom end of where I would like to see him weight-wise. Unfortunately, he has also lost a lot of muscle from not being worked and standing in a paddock for such a long time. I do hand walk him, up and down some hills too, but it's just not enough workout to build muscle.
I would like to re-integrate him into the herd for the winter, since he is obviously bored and lonely in his paddock. I am assuming that as soon as we have a closed snow cover, the sugars from grass should no longer be a problem, right? We don't have snow on the ground yet, but usually by Halloween we have the first dump.
The owners of the place where he is boarded are eager to let him back out, I think mostly cause they don't want to feed him seperately anymore when winter comes. They don't really seem to have a very good concept of what maintenance of a foundered horse actually means (I don't think they had any of theirs founder on them yet). Also because they will introduce another new horse into the herd and think it might be better for the two of them to enter the herd together, so they an hang out while the others are still figuring out the newbies.
I'm naturally more reluctant, cause I don't want to jeopardize the improvements we had over the last months by letting him graze careessly.
So... put him back in the herd now together with the other new horse? He WILL eat whatever grass he can find, I have tried that out by just hand-walking him in the pasture (the other horses are barely eating any grass anymore).I know that fall grass is supposed to be higher in sugars, but how bad is it really?
Or wait till we get snow?
Or is he doomed to be in his own space forever now?