Enterprizingfootwork – what a laminitis recovery!

This is a story of the power of optimum nutrition, great foot care and awesome management. Well done Louise Parker, now you can sit on your saddle and enjoy!  

Thank you to Dr Kellon for all her knowledge which she shares so readily.  The information she has taught us at Forageplus was crucial in supporting this horse’s return to health.  Also thank you to Nigel Morris (Dip WCF) for  highly skilled remedial farriery. 

 

I met and purchased my first competition western horse, Enterprizingfootwork (Roxy) in the summer of 2011.

This purchase was not only impulsive, but was against the advice of the inspecting vet. She failed her 5 stage vetting hands down – various wear and tear issues, which were to be expected in a seasoned competitor, but she had something very wrong with her front feet. The words ‘no foot no horse’ would be ringing in my ears for the next 12 months.

On arrival, Roxy stumbled off the lorry in what can only be described to be in a severe laminitic episode. Things weren’t looking good but I knew that I had an incredible team of expertise at hand to help us through this. 

On arrival, Roxy stumbled off the lorry in what can only be described to be in a severe laminitic episode. Things weren’t looking good but I knew that I had an incredible team of expertise at hand to help us through this. After a call to the vet who confirmed laminitis my next call was to Sarah at Forageplus and she immediately had Roxy on a diet of soaked hay and mineral balancer to compliment my forage as well as supplements to support her recovery. Within only 3 days Roxy was comfortable and in much less pain. Within a month she was striding around on tarmac comfortably. She continued to improve over the following months, and with some remedial shoeing at first (2 inch wedges to try and get her pedal bone at the right angle) until she could grow some feet, we just had to wait for her to heal. Walking in hand daily in a sand school encouraged her feet to work and supported her overstretched tendons, and chiropractic work and massage helped put her damaged skeleton and muscles back to where they were before she was in pain.

A totally grass free environment was an essential part of her management, and the avoidance of any foods high in sugar and starch the only way to aid her continued soundness. Patience was the final ingredient. We knew it was going to take as long as it needed to take for her to become a healthy horse again and undo the years of poor nutrition and management. A year later Roxy was finally out of her wedges and sound! Stage 1 completed! Dare I think of one day riding her?…

Enterprising Footwork

Lou and Roxy smashing the opposition at a recent reining competition at Sovereign Quarter Horses Fenland Show. Photo by Fiona Mackay

Louise uses Egusin products to help support and maintain good gut function whilst Roxy is competing. Find out more about the Egusin concept here.

The following year had its ups and downs but each down has reminded of me how far we have come and how as an owner I had to adapt, seek advice and follow my programme fully. Cutting corners in any way, compromises recovery and sees things going backwards until you get back on track. A total management programme for a rehabilitation horse is the only way that you stand any chance of success. All aspects of recovery form part of the jigsaw and seeking continued support and advice will make the journey to back to optimum health much smoother for both you and your horse.

Steady progress through this second year has paid off and I am now riding and competing Roxy – 2 years after I bought her! People who knew her in her competition days cannot believe it possible that she is even sound, let alone competing and winning again.

Steady progress through this second year has paid off and I am now riding and competing Roxy – 2 years after I bought her! People who knew her in her competition days cannot believe it possible that she is even sound, let alone competing and winning again.

Roxy is an example of the success that a solid programme of management including nutrition, foot care, and exercise can have. Nothing is a given of course, but if these horses are given a chance and the proper nutrition and care, success is possible. I cannot recommend highly enough that you seek advice and support from Forageplus. I now have all my horses on their forage foccused programme.  My horses really do have a balanced nutritional diet because it is matched to the common deficiencies in the forage the eat.

Forageplus rules OK!

Louise Parker, Trevor Hall Farm, Llangollen

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