All the posters above me posted while I was typing:)
Knowing how severely Joker rotated in 2012, I don’t believe Red can’t be helped but it would take a therapeutic farrier, a lot of micromanaging of the hooves on your part, and yes, money.
Here are my thoughts:) Geez this is a book - I am sorry :(
1. “Getting him shod like a laminitis horse”. Exactly what does that mean in your farrier’s and vet’s interpretations.
2. It sounds as if xrays have never been done? That should have been the very first thing when laminitis was suspected by the vet.
3. There IS a lot of hope for Red BUT I know very few people who would take on a horse with his issues. They will either start out with good intent and realizing how much money and labor is involved, he will go down the road to who knows where.
4. The video was taken last November. I have almost lost this horse twice since 2012. He foundered in 2012 (diagnosed insulin resistant). He severely rotated on the LF and moderate rotation on the RF.
In 2007 he fractured his sacrum. In March, 2019 he re-fractured his sacrum. It was touch and go. This video is after months of therapy.
He is also in therapeutic front shoes to deal with his on-going coffin bone issues, and custom bent therapeutic rear shoes to help relieve stress on his rear quarters.
His back shoes were pulled last Friday for awhile. I am most fortunate to have a therapeutic farrier. She wants the shoes off for awhile to see how he does. He GALLOPED to the far end of his pasture the next day.
5. Regarding his foundered front hooves.
He wears Natural Balance PLR steel shoes. She hot shoes him which helps tremendously to cauterize the whiteline.
He has plastic wedges with a frog support under the shoe. I have to see what thickness they are. Then she has what I call silly putty under the frog part of the wedge.
Everything is working for now but it seems that a method will only work for awhile and we need to find something else. But this horse is injured from front to back. He is literally like keeping the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty” together - everything from dealing with the ravages of old founder to a re-fractured sacrum is a delicate balance.
No, it’s not cheap but IMHO you do not have a vet or a farrier who know what they are doing. I think Red could be better served if you googled “therapeutic farriers” in your region. They do travel:)
Joker is 24. He is a Tennessee Walker so that head bob is a normal bob for him. He is short striding a bit, off the left shoulder and his backend but given the vet thought she would have to PTS him last March, this is nothing short of a miracle. It’s obvious he is happy and in no discomfort but he is not ridable.
I almost forgot. Joker was also diagnosed with Cushings on November 13, 2019 so he had already started Prascend in this video. He is one of the sweetest horses to ever walk this earth and a fighter. He does not deserve to have such a huge black cloud of health issues hanging over him.
To reiterate, Red likely has some serious issues that could be helped with the right professionals. The other option is to PTS him because I personally know two horses with health issues that were rehomed and the outcome was not good for the horses.