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post #1 of 15 Old 01-16-2012, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Would you buy a horse that had a history of laminitis?

So.. I'm having the worst luck with horses lately! The gelding I bought, the seller's wife changed her mind and decided to keep the gelding. Which I completely understand but really ticks me off. I was so excited to have him come home! At least they refunded my $$.

I've been sniffing around and found another mare (I seem to collect mares lol) and she's perfect. But she's had laminitis. She's sound now, on a decent diet and kept shod she does very well. I'm waiting on a PPE but I'd love input. We had a gelding that had laminitis and had foundered but after he recovered and we kept him shod and in a good weight he never had an issue again (aside from being a brat but that was different).

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Would I? Never. If I REALLY liked a horse that had a history of laminitis, I might consider it IF it was free to a good home, MIGHT. But I guess it all depends on what your plans are for the horse. There are plenty of other horses out there, sound, problem free horses. I would advise to keep looking.
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I would not. But that's me. I'd rather not buy into the hassle of special feeding/special shoeing etc. If one of my own horses foundered, I would take care of them right. I just would not willingly sign up for that extra hassle.
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Forgot to add... she's actually free.
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I, would also advise you to keep looking.
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Free is never free because horses cost so much to keep up. I have an old mare that had one bout with laminitis years ago. I took her just to give her a good home because I have plenty of pasture and I am able to provide for her. She is actually totally sound if she has shoes on. If she is barefoot, she is a tad lame. I am not sure if she was ever sound barefoot or not. We do not ride her often; she is pretty much a spare tire type of horse. I use her if I have company and need a really gentle horse for someone to ride.

I do not advise investing in a potentially lame horse because the horse may get worse and not better.
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I'm so sorry about that gelding! He was a cutie. Bummer.

My mare has most likely had laminitis (haven't taken x-rays yet but all signs point to it), she was free as well.

I can say that I would definitely do it again. She's never taken a lame step in the 4 years I've had her and we come in contact with gravel and other very hard surfaces on a regular basis.

I think the keys for managing a laminitis-prone horse are to make sure the diet is as low in sugar as possible, work the horse regularly so the weight stays off and the sugars the horse is ingesting get worked through it's body, keep the horse barefoot so that hoof blood circulation is as good as possible (for this, a really good barefoot trimmer is pretty necessary, generic pasture trims won't cut it), and make sure to not let the horse get obese (grazing muzzle in the spring/fall, etc).

On the other hand, Lacey's buddy that she came from her previous home with (this other mare wasn't owned by me) was much more freshly foundered than Lacey is. Her new owners fed her all manner of sweet feed, rode her too hard for her age and fitness, and had her on a tri-monthly shoeing schedule so she was basically walking on stilts between trims. That mare foundered again and was put down because of it.
If her owners had taken the time to get educated on the disease their horse was living with and on basic horse care, I have no doubt she'd still be alive today.

I guess basically, a foundered horse is not the horse for someone who's not going to research or for someone who wants to take shortcuts with their horses care. If you are willing to go the extra mile for this horse, I really don't think you'll have a problem. And I'm sure she'll be thankful! :)

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Me personally, I would never take a horse that even needed to be shod just because I don't want to deal with shoes, I much prefer barefoot and just booting when needed(which is rarely). BUT If the PPE shows that she doesn't have any or very little rotation and she doesn't show signs of a problem currently. Then I might consider it, if I really like the horse. X-rays would be a must for the PPE to decide how much of a finical burden the horse may become, even then there is no guarantee. It really just comes down to what the x-rays and exam shows and how much you like this horse.
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