Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Kirkland, Arizona
• Horses: 0
If the vet said there is rotation of the coffin bone, that is not laminitis, that is founder. Founder is the leading cause of euthanization of horses.
If the vet took x-rays and said it's founder, then it's founder. Very serious stuff and not to be toyed with.
If the trimmer removed a lot of toe, it may well be that much of the tearing and pain of the laminae was reduced, but if the coffin bone is rotated, even with proper care, it will take most of a year or more before the coffin bone is fully attached to the hoof wall and even then the strength of the connection will be somewhat compromised for the rest of the hores's life.
If your horse has in fact foundered, it is imperative that you delve into a crash course of learning about this condition and it's treatment/management.
No more just going on what people tell you but going on what you have learned and know.
Referring to shoes, my local vet said he pulled the shoes off his horse and he presented lame. Put shoes back on and he was sound. That was the end of the topic of barefoot to him. He doesn't know squat about a horses hoof even though he has a large and substantial small animal income business.
The one and only trimmer that ever made a visit to my horse used some sort of unorthodox method for estimating the location of the tip of the coffin bone. He said using the widest part of the hoof is inaccurate because of flair. He also said he used to follow ELPO but had drifted away. ELPO specifically says the widest part of the hoof is determined by the width of the sole, not the hoof capsule because flair can throw it off.
If this guy had studied ELPO he didn't study very well. He was recommended to me by a vet that gives lectures. If I followed this guy's recommendations Hondo would not make it.
You just must be very careful about who you listen to and follow. There is so much bad information and bad practitioners on horse care that it is incredible. There is simply no way to tell one from another other than extended self education.
I think it important to always be mindful that the horse actually owes us nothing at all and it is we who owe the horse. "It's a goal"