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Older mare foundered and losing her hoves.....

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Amanda (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted From: 65.19.65.48
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mothers older arab mare foundered this summer and is now losing both front hooves. She really doesnt want to put the mare down at this point if there is a chance for her to make a recovery. (the mare is 26) The vet says to put her down due to her age and the farrier says lets wait and see. We have had this mare her whole life and she is in good sprits at this time and at a good wieght. We are looking for any information on what to expect and if any one as seen or been threw this befor.
Amanda
 

Susannah Hart
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Username: Glennedynmorgans

Post Number: 8
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Amanda,

Our gelding foundered a few years ago. See if your farrier can make adjustable shoes for her. Our gelding had special-made shoes up front with a piece that supported his frog and they were adjusted weekly, so his frogs were supported as the hoofwall grew down. We also fed him the supplement: Glanzen GL Lite. His hooves grew quickly while he was on this flax-based supplement. He was also on Isoxuphrine and a little Bute during the treatment. I forget how many pills he got - I'd have to check my vet records. He is fully recovered now with higher hoof angles, but is happy as can be.
 

Susannah Hart
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Username: Glennedynmorgans

Post Number: 9
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Our gelding is 20 this year. He is a Morgan and a very easy keeper.
 

Kim k
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Post Number: 150
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 02:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Amanda, If the horse is loosing her hoof, the tendons were burned at the top and chances are the the hoof will not regrow fast enough (or at all)for the mare. It takes a year for a new hoof to totally grow out. The mare has to be in pain, by supporting the frog it will not help the hoof grow any faster, alot of times the frog grows much quicker than the nail after a founder and needs trimming quite often to avoid pressure. To drive a shoe nail into a horse that is loosing its hoof nail seems off the wall if even impossible. We have experienced founder and seen a horse loose his hoof after a founder, its not nice to watch. The owners of the horse woke up one morning(knowing the horse foundered,trying to nurse him back to health) and went to the barn and the horse had no hoof left to get up and stand on. They had no choice, at this point you have to put the animal to down. To my understanding once a horse founders to the point of loosing its hoof, there is no going back.

Best of luck, and just remember we have a choice with our animals to take the pain away.

(Message edited by kimk on November 16, 2005)
 

Amanda (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 03:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Susannah and Kim for your comments we are and have been talking to a vet. will be talking with them again today. The mare at this point is not depressed and is a lot like her normal self. This is the 1st time we have ever had a medical problem with her. She is the best and is a one of a kind. We love her a great deal and do not want her in any pain but feel we owe it to her to look at all options and then decide what is best for her. Please share any more thoughts on this matter.

Thanks again Amanda
 

Kim k
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Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 04:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Amanda, any news on the mare ?
just wondering
Kim
 

Amanda Gilbert
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Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 01:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She is doing good form what I hear will see her later today. Part of one hoof as come off. she is reported to be walking around more now. than befor and is still in good sprits. she is a tough old girl. Will let you know if there on any changes. Thanks for asking Kim.
Amanda
 

Amanda Gilbert
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Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 09:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well Rosa had been doing good intill this past sunday she went off her feed the vet came out today and said that she had a heart mermer and that he thougth he could hear fluid in her lungs. So we decided to let her go and the fight. she was 26 and had been with us from 6 months on. We will miss her.

Thanks for thinking of her and asking after her. Thanks also for all the advice... Amanda
 

Kim k
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Username: Kimk

Post Number: 179
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 07:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sorry to hear about your news. Its is very hard, especially when they have been with you for 26 years. Know that she is in a better place. The angles have spreed their wings for her.
 

Renee
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Username: Reneec

Post Number: 96
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2005 - 05:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Amanda,
So sorry you lost your mare. I am sure you did all you could for her, and i think you are a very kind and brave person to try to fight it for so long. Sometimes these battles just cannot be won. She is back to a yearling filly charging around with all the energy in the world up there now...
Renee



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