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    06-22-2008, 01:54 PM
Megan, not been able to be trained!

Hi all,
Was beginning to jump higher on Megan (13hh bay welsh section c) and then we noticed that she was limping and that her neck had swollen up, we got the vet out and she has laminitis. So because I can't do any more training with her my mum got me a loan horse called Bobby (15.2hh chestnut cob gelding). So I ride bobby now and we jump 3ft+ need more training though as most of the time he jumps and some he doesnt

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    06-22-2008, 03:14 PM
Poor You, Poor Megan :( But at least you have another hrse to work with and keep you busy right? That's pretty cool of your mom!
    06-22-2008, 05:17 PM
Hopefully that mare will make a full recovery. I would stay it's to bad if the horse already jumps 3+ft. Must have some training.
    06-22-2008, 08:08 PM

I hope you've got a *good* hoofcare practitioner(not just any farrier) around to help Megan and that the vet has instructed you to keep her off the rich feed. A rich diet and obesity leads to insuline resistance similar to diabetes, which weakens the laminae connection. Incorrect hoof care creates unhealthy leverage and other mechanical problems that add to the problem.

Exercise is also very important for rehabilitation too, so don't forget Megan now you have another horse. Exercise her as much as you possibly can. This might need to be done in boots or on softish ground to start with, because of course you don't want her suffering more pain.

You can visit for a heap more info on all matters hoofwise! Best wishes for your horse's rehabilitation.
    06-23-2008, 04:33 AM
Yes my uncle is a farrier! :)

Well I think we do have good farrier/foot thingy as my uncle is a farrier and he has been for over 30 years now so I think he knows what he is doing. Thanks and we have the vet down nearly every 3 weeks and *touch wood* she is improving well. (i won't speak too soon). Bobby has had loads of training as far as I can remember I think that is former owner is a relative to one of the famous horse riders (will find out which one for you). He jumps really proud I will try and ask my friend to record me jumping him for you all.

    06-23-2008, 04:36 AM

Also we have an indoor sand manage so yes I lunge her just on walk and a little bit of trot in there with boots on for 10 mins a day as you are not meant to excercise them too much. The vet said anyways.
    06-23-2008, 11:52 PM
Re: Yes my uncle is a farrier! :)

Originally Posted by megansthehorse
my uncle is a farrier and he has been for over 30 years now
I don't mean any disrespect :roll: - without knowing the situation personally, I certainly don't want to sound judgemental & there may well be other things going on too, but.... If your uncle has been regularly trimming this horse before her lameness, it is entirely possible - and unfortunately not so uncommon as you would like to think - that he has caused the problem due to his trimming technique. I would expect a good farrier to have picked up on the crestiness(obesity) and hoof problems and warned you before it got to the lameness stage. There are legitimate reasons he may not have tho.

Many years of experience don't necessarily = good. There has been a lot of new information on the workings of hooves over the last years and if he doesn't keep up with the studies, he may have outdated knowledge. This also applies to vets, who may be up with the latest, but prefer to stick to what they're already experienced with.

Again, I'm not trying to say your farrier or vet are bad or outdated or whatever, but I suggest you learn about the theory yourself, so you don't have to just take their word for it. As a hoofcare practitioner I've seen too many horses go downhill despite regular care from 'experienced' vets & farriers. is a great place to start. Best wishes... & I hope you find that your farrier & vet do indeed know what they're on about!

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