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  •  I so wish I could help. (24+ / 0-)

    For those that don't know, let me explain laminitis.
    It's also called founder.
    Horses stand on their fingernails. That hoof is just a big thick fingernail and the lamina is like the quick beneath your nail. There is no bone connection from the hoof to the bones inside, it's all soft tissue.
    For any number of reasons, over feeding, overheating, overwork or just plain bad luck, that layer can separate and the parts inside the hoof drop down under the weight of the horse. If you've ever had a nail separate, you know the pain. Multiply that times 800-1200 pounds (I'd guess Sani at 900#) times standing on it 24/7.
    When a horse founders, they don't stay standing long.
    Usually, this is considered grounds for euthanasia.
    The process to fix the damage and heal the horse is long (years) and expensive. The whole hoof has to be removed, plastic hoof replacement made and a special set of custom made shoes fitted and re fitted every couple weeks as new hoof material grows out. This takes a collaboration between the vet and the farrier, scheduling and consultation, et cetera. And few farriers do this kind of work, those that do are not cheap. And no vet is cheap. (And if edrie's bill is $5000 in arrears since March, that's $1000/month for board!)
    It takes a lot of care and work on the owner's part to go through this with their horse, it's emotionally and physically rough on top of costly.
    To add that edrie herself is in pain and having to go through medical h3ll only compounds the misery.
    Please help her.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:01:25 PM PDT

    •  thank you for that sounds like (20+ / 0-)

      what I understand too.

      and yes...edrie has put much work and heart into getting sani thru this...and he is...I've never been a horse person...actually a little afraid of them...but he has melted my heart...and brought much joy and comfort to my wife and little one...edrie and sani helped to keep us sane last summer as my wife dealt with breast cancer.

      We are not broke, we are being robbed...but we can fight back...#KosKatalogue

      by Glen The Plumber on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:17:18 PM PDT

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    •  My beloved Lab Buster got very sick (17+ / 0-)

      the same week I was being laid off last summer.  Cost us $5000 and he didn't make it after all that.  Don't regret it a bit although that was a bad time to spend that much.  So I totally understand spending the money even if the chances are slim.  

      Just picked up 2 clients this week.  My Mom's 85th birthday is coming up soon.  I think she needs a necklace....   I know where I am going to shop.

      "The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention." Molly Ivins

      by janmtairy on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:25:26 PM PDT

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    •  hi, CwV - i just caught your math - and, no, sani' (2+ / 0-)
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      remembrance, Fineena

      board isn't $1000/month - it's $580 - which is really inexpensive for where we live.

      my barn has been carrying a balance for me since the surgery - but i've been having unexpected issues (car needing both radiator hoses replaced on an NOW basis) and some other unexpected expenses.  juggling has always been a skill i've wanted to learn - usually, i'm pretty good at it - but i've been dropping the firebrands recently and am sinking further and further into the abyss.

      there is a way out in the future - when mom's house sells - but that may take the insistance of an attorney to make my sister move.  the bad part is that the house and my sister are in north carolina.  the good part is that we will be entering the legal phase of this sad and ugly situation within the next week or so.  waiting to proof the caveat before it is filed then the beginning of the end will begin.

      what threw us so far behind now was my inability to use my left hand while my right hand (the worst arthritis one) is screaming like made for having to do the work of two.

      at times, i just want to throw my hands - (not throw up - well, that, too - but THROW my hands as far as i can).

      what keeps me going is the adage of one foot in front of the other - just keep on keepin' on until the journey's done - and never giving up.

      okay - it's late - i'm going to be up all night - my friend is now sleeping in the lounge chair - her 40 year old bed has finally decided to be unsleepable for an aged, aching back.  next task is to get with her daughter and get her a new bed.

      in the meantime, i'm heading to bigfishgames to eat away the hours without falling asleep.  i'll get to crash out around 6am...

      thank you for your sharing our journey made through the world of laminitis.  so far, so good... and every day it looks even better!

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 01:04:53 AM PDT

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    •  oh, and he WAS at 1250 - got his weight down to (2+ / 0-)
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      around 1100 now... he is 16'1 but LOOOONNNNNNGGGG - with his new "pradas", i'm guessing he is closer to 16'3 - and loving it!

      sani's laminitis is a symptom of cushings and insulin resistance (which is why he was heavier than he should have been).  weight is a huge factor with older horses - he is 26...

      sani was lucky - we caught this in the early stages and ash used the latest techniques to treat him - the casting of his feet to hold the hoof wall in place without having to cut away the wall - and the foam padding to build extra "sole" for him to walk on - plus 5" of soft, soft mini-shavings (almost like sawdust but not dusty).

      ash let his feet grow initially for two months per casting because he was a sinker on one foot and separationg (1 degree initially) on the other.  ash wanted as much sole as possible to allow the cushioning of the coffin bone.

      originally ash was going to then use clogs

      but richard said he could achieve the same thing with corrective shoeing... thus, the "pradas"!  IMG_20130402_154718

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 01:23:32 AM PDT

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