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I am leasing an 15 year old Morgan cross who is extremely overweight and has a cresty neck. I have leased him for about 3 years and I DO NOT have control over his grain, hay intake, or his hoof trimming schedule/technique. He is currently on half a scoop of low carb grain once per day and is on a round bale 24/7 all year. He is trimmed by a farrier who keeps his toes long and therefore results in him being very flat footed. Recently, I noticed that he has rings on his hooves which are thickening. I am very concerned that he is going to founder. I currently ride him about 5-6 days per week for about an hour at the walk, trot, and canter. I believe that the exercise has kept him from foundering. He has been on Remission for about two months with no results. I am searching for advice on supplements or any other techniques I could use to keep him from foundering. As I said, I DO NOT have control over his food intake or his hooves. I know that this is a difficult situation and any advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Are you able to talk to the owner of the horse about some of the signs of possible founder that you are seeing? Other than that, I think you’re doing a great job by giving him so much exercise; that probably has helped him so far! Is a grazing muzzle an option? You mentioned that he has 24/7 access to hay, which depending what type of hay that is, a grazing muzzle could help decrease his intake which might help decrease calories/sugars consumed. I hope you find a solution!
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