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Feeding a founder horse

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Hey everyone I?m looking information on what to feed my new horse that has founder in the past. Right now she is getting free choice of hay in the daytime, and at night time she gets one cup of equalizer. The more information the better :) I have been googling but just want to in void a founder when she come home to her new barn. Thanks
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Agree with @walkinthewalk that if the pictures of the horse are current, she is still in the danger zone.

When you say she gets free choice hay in the daytime...does that include pasture grazing as well? Does that mean she comes in at night or is out on a field?

You have to make sure that the majority of her feed comes from low sugar/starch sources and also that she loses weight until she is no longer obese (you can look at body condition score charts, but the spine should be level with the back and not in a channel, no fat pads around head of tail, crest of neck, behind shoulder, and ribs easily felt when you run your hand along her side).

You can send a sample to have your hay tested by a source such as Dairy One for between $20-$30.

She should not get more than 2% of her body weight in low NSC hay plus pasture daily. But that's based on what she should weigh, not her current weight. For example, a horse that is supposed to weigh 1200 lbs should get 24 lbs of hay daily. The trick is to spread that hay out through the day and night, using slow feeder nets and/or periodic feedings. It also is not 24 lbs plus grazing on lush pasture 24/7.
If she gets turnout and the field has lots of grass, ideally she would at least wear a grazing muzzle for part of the day and/or night.

Winter is dangerous for horses that have had laminitis. Many horses that have had laminitis in the past have damage to the hoof circulation. Normal horses shunt blood flow away from their hooves in freezing weather. For some reason, horses that have had laminitis shunt the blood away too much, resulting in so little blood flow to the hooves that it causes pain and inflammation. If she doesn't come inside at night off frozen ground, it might help to create an area she can stand on that doesn't freeze, such as a mat with shavings on top.
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