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post #1 of 3 Old 08-21-2014, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Lameness

Just have a horse question and need some advice. I recently bought a 16 year old walking horse mare. She was completely sound at the time. After having her about a month, I called the farrier out to trim. She had front shoes on when I bought her so I had them pulled. He mentioned that she was pretty flat footed and that may be a sign that she has foundered in the past. Three days later and she is limping in the right front leg. There is no heat or swelling, pulse is fine in that leg. Called the farrier and he said it may have been a long time since she's been without shoes in the front so she may be sore as she gets used to being barefoot again but that her hoof looked solid. He said not to worry but I'm freaking out. Should I be?
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-22-2014, 07:49 PM
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well, she may need shoes.
The farrier who saw signs of founder needs to understand that there there is no way that he or she can tell how much damage may have been done INSIDE THE FOOT from that founder. Some hooves, foundered or not , can NOT go without protection of shoes or hoof boots.
It is not OK to allow a horse to be sore footed just for the sake or not shoeing.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-22-2014, 07:51 PM
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Also be aware that teen aged Tennessee walking horses (especially mares), are VERY susceptible to metabolic disorders than cause founder .And if not managed correctly the horse can get repeated bouts of laminitis and founder again, so you may need to assess her diet , too.
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