Things here have been a little on the busy side. I have a twelve year old mustang gelding, who has foundered on and off for about 3 years now. The last few times the farrier (that's the name given to people who trim horses hooves and place shoes on them) has come and put shoes on my big guy "Scout" his feet have been so sensative, that he tried to pull away and rare up. He seemed to be fine once his shoes were on, no signs of stiffness, or irritation, however, the farrier had placed borium nails in Scouts shoes causing Scout to rock back on his heels in these shoes. So, the next visit from the farrier, I mentioned this to the farrier, and told him; I didn't like the idea of the rocking, knowing Scout already had leg issues, I was concerned now about strain on his tendons. The farrier stated that there are pros and cons to the borium nails and this was one of the bad things about them. At my request he removed these nails from the shoes. Six weeks later, on his regularly scheduled visit, our farrier took off the old shoes and put on new with regular nails, however, Scout still seemed to want to go in the air when the nails were being pounded to the bottoms of his feet. All was well, until a week prior to the horses six week shoeing schedule. Scout became so lame, I had to call the vet out for x-rays of his cannon bone to figure out if it had rotated(part of foundering) or what was causing Scout these problems.
Now, I'm not a vet, nor am I a farrier, but, I have owned this horse all his life, I know him inside and out, so pretty much knew, the problems we were seeing was brought on by the borium nails in his shoes. As the vet tested Scouts hooves, one by one, with the squeezer do dads, she stated no tenderness in his feet. She then started to run her hnd down the back of Scouts shins to find he flinched when she did this. She then asked if she could perform acupuncture on him to see if this would alleviate the pain and put Scout more at ease.
Here are a few pictures of Scout (he is so carefree) with all those pins poked in him.
He had to stand for 30 minutes for this procedure. Scout, is a little on the fat side, so I asked the vet, if once she started to remove the pins from Scouts body if we would be able to hear or see the deflation. Poor Scout! He is on meds to help with the pain in his legs, we hope and pray, that he recovers completely from all the trouble brought on by borium nails.
Remember, the dog that was afraid of people? Well, not anymore!
Here she is in our livingroom playing ball, she has the name of Marley after the book "Marley and Me". We could not have chosen a better name, as she fits it to the "T". She loves to chaise (for fun) the chickens, and the cats. She often carries our shoes or at least one of them with her when she lays on the livingroom carpet. She has learned to climb baby gates to get out of her "bedroom", we now have to stack them in the door to keep her in the laundry~room. Marley, has been vet checked, had all her shots, and is now licensed. She has had a heart worm test (pray that she is free of heartworms) don't have the results yet. Guess, you could say, Marley, has chosen a home for herself, with owners that are trying to be very patient with all that energy, and all the stuff she gets into (such as the flower beds, digging, chewing, house breaking issues, taking over the furniture) the list is endless, but, she is so happy here with us.
There are days when, I wonder if this isn't the "funny farm" rather than a hobby farm...