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Abraham Lincoln

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St. Francis of Assisi
Equine Adoption Network

"F O U N D E R"

If you suspect your horse has foundered,
your horse needs to be taken off of feed immediately and no alfalfa or even green grass.  Your horse needs to be given fresh water daily and regular hay (as much hay as she/he wants).  
Buy or borrow some good boots like the Cavallo boot and put a pad inside with an area cut out of the pad about 2" wide circle in the area at the tip of the frog and 1" past/in front of the
frog.  The sole needs to be protected with a pad and the cut out area is so that the p3 bone wont feel the pressure of the horse standing on it.  If your horse's p3 bone rotated more than
6-8 degrees you need to put a 2 degree wedge pad under the pad with the cutout area.  So there will be 2 pads inside the cavallo boot.  Also, the frog will start to slowly shrink and look
deformed and almost disappear.  Not good.  You need to buy this 2 part putty/ medium softness.  After you trim and soak and medicate and dry the hoof, mix the putty and then cover
the frog and then have your horse stand on the putty on a flat surface and let it set up around the frog.  Then put the hoof into the boot with the putty mold around the frog and so your
horse will be standing on 2 pads, a frog pad/mold, and inside the cavallo boot.  Make sure that frog pad is set up correctly before putting the boot on and check and clean the boots daily.  
Make sure the frog pad stays in place over the frog and it usually will last a week or two. I tried other boots which wouldn't stay on my horses' hooves. You need to soak your horses
foundered hooves daily for at lease a month in cider vinegar/water 1/2 to 1/2.  Now and then soak in epsom salt water about same ratio.  Soaking is very important.  Trim off the heal
and keep the toe area trimmed both regularly watching daily.   Keep the hooves clean and also medicate them with betadine solution daily.  A foundered hoof can become infected
easily and you have to watch your horse daily.  Do not let your foundered horse run around at all.  But , yes, take your horse for 3 walks daily or at lease make a little walk about area
for your horse to walk out of the stall and be able to move some and look around and not get depressed.  You need to do what you can to keep your horse feeling happy and feeling
loved.  Very important.    

I was not given this advise when my horse foundered.  She could have gotten back to 100% but nobody told me, not even vets, that she should not eat grass or be with other horses in a
pasture.  Nobody told me to protect the p3 bone until it was much worse.  After I talked to a fantastic farrier at "Hope For Soundness.com", I managed to save my horse but it took us 3
years of constant monitoring, soaking, and love.  She is so special to me and she still remembers how I saved her and she comes up to nudge me and show her love almost daily.  She
now walks and runs without boots and pads (most of the time) but I still have to trim her often and keep her hooves clean from build up of mud etc.  She had ended up at about 10%
rotation but I'm so glad I sacrificed 3 years of my life for this darling Arabian named Tasha.

There are websites where they have photos of p3 rotation and instructions on how to trim a foundered horse.  Be sure to give your horse some bute 2x a day for pain (as little as
possible) and just watch.  You can tell when it's O.K. to reduce the bute.  When soaking the hooves, put a medium towel inside the soaking tub to give her something soft to stand on.  
Keep boots on the other hooves while you soak one hoof at a time.  This will make it easier for your horse to stand while you soak and trim.  Give her some bute for trimming if the
pain is really bad.  If you see blood draining, gently press to see where the pain comes from and try to trim/scrape some sole back to allow the inflammation to drain out.  

MEDICATE WITH BETADINE/SOAK/SOAK/SOAK/SOAK-CIDER VINEGAR!  Go slow and be gentle when you trim. You will really bond with your horse through this and you will
cry and cry with her but you can get through it together.  After about 4-6 six months your horse will begin to show improvement but it takes a year for the hoof to grow out completely.  
Keep trimming the heel back and keep the flare off at the toe.  If you need to continue with the raised heel wedge to de-rotate, you can tell by watching to see if your horse seems to be
more comfortable with the extra pad or without it.  My horse needed 2 1/2 - 3 years because I was not given the correct information in the beginning.  Keep the boots on her/him to
protect the hooves from sharp hard objects.  When the frog starts looking normal that is a good, very good sign.  I recommend that you care for your horses trimming because my farrier
didn't really understand how to care for a foundered horse and his advise caused her to worsen.   Also, don't give antibiotics unless you see some very bad infection.  Draining and
soaking, medicating is better but I did give Tasha antibiotics for about 3 days when there was bleeding.  Keep off of grain and green grass.  No alfalfa.  Trim as little sole as possible.  
Trim often keeping flare off, heel off, toe off.  Watch... When you let others start doing things with your foundered horse you run the risk of bad serious mistakes being done to your
horse, also dirty infected tools used on other horses.  Use your own tools.  Keep the hooves clean and dry.   I don't recommend having shoes on a foundered horse.  Cavallo boots work
with the pads and putty mold around frog for frog support (very important).  If you see discomfort or rubbing of the boots on the horse, adjust the pad, check the frog support, wrap her
hoof with vet wrap (whole hoof to be sure it stays in place), etc.  Make sure you get the right size boot.  With the frequent trimming back of the toe, be sure to measure for the right
size boot)

Things You will Need

One Time X-Rays
Good advise or book on how to trim a foundered horse with pictures
Betadine 10%
Cider Vinegar
Epsom Salt
Flexible rubber (not soft)pad
Scissors to cut out area for p3 area in pad and also to trim pads to fit inside the boots (make sure the pads fit correctly and don't buckle up inside the boots)
2% pad
Cavallo boots
Rubber Soaking tub
Putty (medium softness)- hopeforsoundness.com
read other articles on internet about founder and see photos of foundered hooves and normal hooves
farrier rasp
love for your horse
Lots of love and desire to save your horse and this will help her heal faster

These photos were borrowed from the link just above.  The arrows mean certain things about the condition of those hooves.
Click on the link above to go to that website if you want to learn more about this terrible condition and how to save your horse.
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