Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tuck It Up

Tonka's progress continues at steady pace of two steps forward and one step back. For the past three weeks he has been short-striding on his hind left with no evidence of heat or swelling in the leg. The pain seems to come from his stifle or back and, to be honest, I haven't really worried about it. My theory is that Tonka has been moving awkwardly to accommodate founder pain for years, so he's bound to get gimped up now and then as he starts to move more freely. So far all of his stiffnesses and sorenesses have resolved themselves over time, and he has looked more comfortable for the past two days.

Above is one of the first pictures I ever saw of Tonka. At the time I remarked to a friend that his hind legs were tucked far under his belly, but I didn't know this was typical of foundered horses trying to unweight their painful toes. Live and learn! The position of his hind legs is one of the best markers I have for Tonka's improvement. He now stands with one or both hocks directly under the points of his buttocks most of the time. I think my back would be sore too if I changed my posture that drastically.


Katie said...

It is so rewarding to rescue a horse, and watch them blossom. I have not read very much of your blog, but if you're looking for a good supplement for your guy. Try quiessence. I my used it on her gelding after he foundered, and it helped keep him healthy the last 5 years of his life. Best of luck with your guy! - Katie

Mrs. Mom said...

I have been lurking a bit, watching the progress, trials, and triumphs here at Farcical Farm, and am glad that you posted the before and after pics.

The first thing I saw was how relaxed his entire topline looks now. And when the top line is comfortable, the entire body is happier too!

Keep up the good work there!

dp said...

Thanks for the advice and encouragement. Your expert opinion is always appreciated Mrs. Mom!

Anonymous said...

He looks absolutly amazing.
I have learned alot about foundering horses from your blog, keep up the awesome work.

dp said...

Thanks, Kristin! I am learning a lot too. It was a tough decision at the time, but I have never regretted bringing him home.