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post #11 of 16 Old 10-31-2013, 12:08 PM
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rehoming with laminitis

You might be careful considering her as a broodmare. Pregnancy can often make a mare more susceptible to founder - particularly if she is prone to being overweight. And what mini is NOT prone to being a little chubby?

I have minis. The case as you have stated would not deter me from bringing the mare home AS LONG AS YOU HAVE BEEN UP FRONT WITH ME.
First time founder can be like a first heart attack - a wake up call. It sounds as if you handled it well, kept up a good program of rehabilitation, and followed up.

A horse like this, I would drive slowly and carefully at first, then add work appropriate for her. If she fitted up well, I would likely start dressage work, and likely even try her at combined driving. Most likely, she would be fine - particularly if ex-rays show no rotation.

I likely would not, however, breed her.
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Thanks for that, that is a good point regarding re-homing her as a broodmare that I did not think of.
I would most definitely make all information known to any potential new owner as I would want any possible new home to suit her needs, not as an opportunity for me to re-home her. I would want them to be ok with the possibility that she may have further episodes in the future and be able to deal with them correctly.
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-02-2013, 08:18 PM
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I had a neighbor who wasn't taking care of his mini for years. His hooves were like canoes. He wouldn't sell him. He was about 18 years old and barely could walk and obvious agony. Animal control for that county/state has the policy of sending out an extension officer two times before taking action. Essentially you have to wage war on your neighbor, usually someone you don't want to tick off for fear of them doing something to your livestock. Anyway, long story short I finally got him to sell me the mini I didn't want. I found an excellent farrier who decided the best approach would be to take back quite a bit upfront, instead of the usual a little at a time and within two trimmings the mini was greatly improved. He went from barely standing and down quite a bit to almost normal movement. Anyways a foundered horse is not the end of the world especially for a mini. This particular mini found a real job working with autistic children after a few months being rehabilitated. This is after YEARS of suffering. He is now longer in pain and quite able to walk around doing light work. I believe even the worse cases can be saved with a great farrier and time, even rotation cases, unless you are planning on driving. I never thought this horse could recover but he was survivor and I just wanted to give him a chance. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a foundered mini.
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post #14 of 16 Old 12-02-2013, 09:42 PM
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A farrier told me the reason minis seem to run into difficulties with their hinds is not enough weight back there. She felt it would help if it carried some weight on it's back, a small child, a half sack of grain.
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-02-2013, 11:43 PM
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^ that's the strangest thing I've ever heard...what is the premise behind that statement? Laminitis isn't due to a lack of weight, its an excess of it.

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Violetsky888, that is fantastic that you were able to rehab him and give him a fantastic home. Sugar is fully sound now and continues to drop weight slowly, she is still pudgy but can actually feel her ribs under that fat now.
Saddlebag - I have never heard that before and exercise-wise I would rather have her pulling something as opposed to carrying weights or a child. I always cringe when I see minis being ridden even if its a small child, I have read on here a number of times that they really aren't designed to carry much weight if any but I guess there are a lot of differing opinions.
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