When were her feet trimmed last?
Is she an "easy keeper" typically?
her feet were trimmed about 3 months ago I also have 2 other horses that were trimmed at the same time and there feet don't look as bad as hers ,they seem to be extremely long and thick she is an easy keeper and is not skinny at this time
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The breed and age were enough to make me suspicious of laminitis, but being an easy keeper and your description of her feet make me pretty sure that's it.
How long has she been walking gingerly?
what is lamintis ? she has been walking this way for about a week but at 1st thought she was having problems with snow built up in her hoofs but the last 2 days she only moves when she has to
Laminitis is an inflammation of the lamina in the hoof, also known as founder. Snow packing in the soles can certainly exacerbate it. It has many causes, but in horses like Beauty, it's caused by inappropriate levels of insulin.
I need to run out on an emergency now, but I'll finish when I return
what can be done to treat this please help I don't want to put her down if can be helped
The first step is to confirm my suspicion. Your equine veterinarian will watch Beauty move, and carefully examine her feet with hoof testers (large pincer-like device that applies the desired amount of pressure to a very small portion of the hoof).
From there, various treatment avenues can be pursued, but if it's been a week, he/she will probably recommend x-rays of her feet to establish the precise location of the coffin bone within the hoof capsule. The results of the x-rays help to determine what treatment modalities to use.
Until I get a chance to evaluate cases like this, I often have clients have the horse step onto a chunk of 2" closed-cell building insulation. They can then cut out the outline of the foot and use duct-tape to apply the "pad" to the bottom of each foot. This then crushes down and conforms perfectly to the sole and frog.
I'm not sure if my last message made it to you I got kicked off the internet when I submitted my reply, thanks for your help just one thing is it a good ideal to give her anything for pain?
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