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Re: laminitis/fourbure in horse

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Sorry you were groaned Odile. The only one I've got came from someone not even involved in that particular thread (as seems to be the case here too) they were also a new member. I've no idea why they did it either, unless that was their amusement for the day! A query was ignored.
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Re: laminitis/fourbure in horse

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Help- our neighbour puts her 2 retired army horses(haflinger) in our field. Sadly one of them has developed laminitis (fourbure in French) - she is asking if there is any horse specialist who has experience of this. She has put the horse on a diet, cooling the feet, lower legs with water and vinegar- and will get the farrier to remove the shoes.

She would be very grateful for any advice - Thanks all.
Laminitus is very painful for the horse in question. It is normally chronic but manageable. To be managed effectively it takes a collaborate of three-

Vet - who will give advice and anti-inflammatory drugs. The advice will be things like stand the horse in a stream to cool the legs. Or regular cold leg hosing. Stable the horse in the day and turn it out onto a bare paddock at night. The horse must be kept off lush pasture at all costs and will be put on a very limited diet.

Farrier - who may or may not fit corrective shoeing such as Heart Bar Shoes. Or may just remove the shoes and trim regularly. Do not skip appointments with the farrier!

You - to control your horses food intake, exercise and most importantly preventative steps to halt recurrence, and adhere to the advise of the vet and the farrier to the letter.

Do I know what I'm talking about? Yes, I used to showjump horses a top level, and deal in them. I've owned hundreds of horses over the years.

I hope this helps you?
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Update- she called the vet again and they decided to keep the horse inside on strict diet and she is cooling lower legs and hoofs regularly. Zorette is better- but the owner knows that there is no miracle cure as she is quite old.
Thanks for all your advice, you are very kind.

My reputation here or in real life is of little concern. Having been brought up in a village, you either tow the line, or do your own thing and ignore the sharp tongues, lol. Thanks Tractor Queen for getting back to me and explaining your groan was indeed a mistake- this has happened to me before when somebody wanted to give me green rep and gave red by mistake. They asked for this to be reversed, but it is still there.

As long as Zorette gets better, this is all I care for now, even though she is not mine. Thanks all.
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Re: laminitis/fourbure in horse

Glad to hear the horse is improving, hope that continues to be the case.

As for Rep. it was the non-logic of it that annoyed me... nothing I can so I'll take your advice and try to shrug it off!
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Re: laminitis/fourbure in horse

Sadly, it is all over. Thanks to all who passed on advice or suggestions. Thanks Bertrand for your efforts too. I had no idea how serious this was, as I've never had any horses). I was only lending my meadow field for a neighbour who owned Zorette and her friend Mandolin, and had got very fond of them.

(I won't be visiting any of the local butcher's this week - the reality of the countryside).

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Re: laminitis/fourbure in horse

That is so sad Odile.... good on you for doing what you could.
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Re: laminitis/fourbure in horse

I am truly sorry to hear that! My stomach just did a little flip not because of the butcher info (that is normal) but because of the suddenness of the situation. Please tell the owners that I really feel for them and for you in your efforts to help. I am sure it was not easy for you either.
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