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New Draft Mare possible Laminitis vet on way
I brought home my new spotted draft on Monday. It's Thursday now and I'm noticing that she's shifting her weight from one front foot to the other. I've called the vet and he'll come today. I'm horrified that it could be laminitis.
It's been pouring rain since I brought her home, so she's been in the barn most of the time (it's more of a run-in) separated from the other 2 mares. So, she's been eating hay, no grain, not much of any grass, what tiny bit there is this time of year.
I've taken her slivers (I mean really small) of apples over the past couple of days. Could I have done this to her??!!
I've never dealt with laminitis before. What can I expect? What will I have to do?
I don't have much experience with laminitis so I'll just send hugs and good vibes your way for both you and your mare. :hug:
I know you're worried but a few apples didn't cause this. Try to be calm, the vet will give you answers.
Any heat in her feet? Elevated digital pulse? You don't have black walnut shavings, do you?
Even if it is laminitis, unless it's very severe, it should be treatable. Not necessarily cheaply or easily, but specialized shoeing/trimming and diet should bring her relief and retain some useability.
WHEW!!! Ok, vet has come and gone. He said that from what I was describing, he was totally prepared to find laminitis. But, after a very thorough exam, he says she's in great shape, and NO laminitis.
He flexed all her feet / joints, pulse was fine, no heat. So it's a mystery.
He asked me to try to video the foot-shifting, and to call him if it changes in any way. He also said to try some bute and see if it stops. Could be some other harder to see pain issue.
To the person who said that a few carrots and apples couldn't cause founder, THANK YOU (hug). I needed to hear that. It's been a very stressful few days, and I was having a bit of a meltdown with Kate (horse) being potentially very ill.
ok... I'm breathing again... :wink:
And no... no black walnut shavings. Just dirt floor.
Do you know when her feet were last shod? I once had a farrier trim my horse's front hooves too short and the horse was shifting her weight from one front foot to the other. The cause was pretty obvious. I just gave her some bute to make her more comfortable and it sorted itself out in a day or two.
Did she have a long trailer ride to get to your barn? If she's not used to traveling or if it was a rough ride, she could have gotten a bit sore. Draft horses carry a lot of weight on those gorgeous big feet. It could also be nerves from being in a new place. Tell your vet if she continues to do it after a week or so. :)
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