Rehabilitating the Foundered Horse: Case Study

Follow Tess, a 16-year-old mare, step-by-step as she rehabs from a bought of laminitis.

Rehabilitating the Foundered Horse: Case Study

This 16-year-old Arabian Mare came to Daisy Bicking's Daisy Haven Farm in Pennsylvania for rehabilitation from endocrine-related laminitis in December 2011.

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Dropped Sole, Before Rehab

Here you see the sole of her right front foot, showing a dropped sole, hoof wall separation, stretched white line, and the ground surface of the laminar wedge.

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Right Front, Dropped Sole

Here you see the front of her right front foot, showing a dropped sole, hoof wall separation, stretched white line, and the ground surface of the laminar wedge.

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Radiograph: Rotation of the Coffin Bone

Here, in this radiograph of the right front foot taken upon her arrival in December 2011, you can see the rotation of the coffin bone and development of a laminar wedge.

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12 Days after Corrective Trimming

A radiograph of the same foot 12 days later, after her right front foot had been trimmed to correct rotation.

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Glue-on Composite Shoe

And again three days later, after having a glue-on composite shoe applied. Her foot was packed under the shoe with dental impression material, and hoof casting was applied over the shoe package.

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Progression

See the progression over the course of her first trimming and shoeing.

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New Hoof Growth

By April 2012 the mare’s recovery had progressed to the point that the new hoof growth was coming in tight, with no additional laminitis rings, her white line was much tighter at the ground and waxy in appearance, and her hoof/pastern axis is now in alignment.

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After Rehab: Radiograph

By April 2012 the mare’s recovery had progressed to the point that the new hoof growth was coming in tight, with no additional laminitis rings, her white line was much tighter at the ground and waxy in appearance, and her hoof/pastern axis is now in alignment.

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After Rehab: Sole

By April 2012 the mare’s recovery had progressed to the point that the new hoof growth was coming in tight, with no additional laminitis rings, her white line was much tighter at the ground and waxy in appearance, and her hoof/pastern axis is now in alignment.

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After Rehab: Front view

By April 2012 the mare’s recovery had progressed to the point that the new hoof growth was coming in tight, with no additional laminitis rings, her white line was much tighter at the ground and waxy in appearance, and her hoof/pastern axis is now in alignment.

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End Result

After six months of rehabilitation consuming a low-carbohydrate diet, living on a drylot, and receiving appropriate veterinary diagnosis and corrective hoof care, this Arabian mare left Daisy Haven Farm in much better body condition, sound, and ready to go back to work.

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