Just a quick disclaimer before I post to say that my vet is coming out in a couple days to do a full exam, including x-rays, but I just wanted to hear your opinions and experiences. Always like to build some extra horse knowledge with people who have been in similar situations.
So, my trimmer noticed that my young (18 months old) draft is not bearing weight on her right hind correctly. At first glance she looks fine but get in close and you can see a small gap (few mils) between her right hind heel and the ground. The heel on that side is also higher than the heel on the hind left, also indicating that she is not bearing weight on that heel.
She has been growing extremely fast and, during one particularly fast growth spurt, developed high heels (in spite of regular trimming), on both sides (but the right is worse). The trimmer has suggested that the higher than normal heels could have led to founder.
Sounds sensible to me and obviously the x-rays and exam will show for sure but was just wondering whether anyone has or has had a horse that foundered due to high heels and, if so, how did you treat the problem?
Just to complete the picture, this mare is a very good weight, does not eat any grain at all, doesn’t graze on fresh grass (we’re high desert) and is fed a mixture of bermuda and alfalfa, the majority of which is bermuda (about 80%). Oh yeah, and at 18 months old she stands 16hh!!.