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post #11 of 16 Old 04-26-2011, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone.
She's willing to put out the money to help him. I just got off the phone with her (she lives in Chicago), and explained to her how serious it is and what she needs to do.
She's calling the vet now, and making an appointment for him to come out asap.


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post #12 of 16 Old 05-02-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE:

The vet came, and took x-rays of his hooves. Now we're waiting around for the results. He also agreed with us that he's around 20 years old. He's been walking a lot better ever since he got his feet trimmed last Sunday. Here's some up-close pictures...



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post #13 of 16 Old 05-02-2011, 12:42 PM
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Poor little guy :( His hind hooves really look very bad.
He is so cute. I hope that he'll recover :)
Best wishes!

It's RAINING!

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post #14 of 16 Old 05-02-2011, 01:40 PM
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What a cutie! He looks very bright and alert, if a bit thin (better than fat however!) I hope he works out to be a great pony for the owner.

I know his feet probably look much better than they did before the trim, but there are some things that can be done that will immediately give this little guy some more relief.

While his heels are still very long all around, his hind heels are actually longer than his toes(!). This is hard to see if you don't know what you're looking for, so I've marked your photo:

• Red dots are where the heels are.
• Blue dots are (very approximately) where the heels should be. It's hard to say without seeing this foot from the bottom and ideally in person.
• Green lines show the length of the heel versus the length of the toe (from hairline).



Here's a website that will help you visualize what a healthy foot looks like:
Recognizing a healthy hoof

This page has some EXCELLENT case study photos and information:
Treating Founder (Chronic Laminitis) without Horseshoes--Section 20

I would strongly suggest tracking down a barefoot trimmer. I think this pony could be easily rehabbed and brought into riding condition in as little as a year, depending on the rotation present. I hope you'll be able to post xrays for us to see!
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post #15 of 16 Old 05-02-2011, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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He looks very bright and alert, if a bit thin (better than fat however!)
He's actually kinda fat, but he's very oddly shaped. He has a very long back, they should've named him Hotdog instead of Pickles...

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I know his feet probably look much better than they did before the trim, but there are some things that can be done that will immediately give this little guy some more relief.

While his heels are still very long all around, his hind heels are actually longer than his toes(!).

I would strongly suggest tracking down a barefoot trimmer.
I wasn't there when he got his feet trimmed, but from what people told me he was rearing, striking, kicking, etc. The farrier did what he could. Pickles feet were a lot worse when he first arrived. His hinds were almost curled into a complete circle.
They plan on having the vet there to drug him for the next trim.

He's also not my pony, so I don't get to choose which farrier trims his hooves.


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post #16 of 16 Old 05-02-2011, 02:25 PM
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Ah, the trim makes much more sense then if he was behaving badly. Drugs are a good plan. Good luck!
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