Mary Goldy <rmgoldy@...>
Barbara and Kay, If it helps any, I too have been fighting this
disease for a long time. I did not even have a diagnosis until about a
year ago and I could not get a vet to help.
My buddy Marvin, who I have known since he was 2 days old, he's 25
now, has been going through all the ups and downs for a long time.
It took maybe 6 months to see any real improvement since staring the
Permax. And last winter was truely awful! I thought I was going to
have to put him down a couple of times. He has been abscessing in his
front feet almost constantly . I thought there was no hope.
But, Thanks to my current vet, and Marvins will to live, he IS
improving at last. I found a web site I've mentioned before about
treating chronic laminitis and founder. I learned that the abcsesses
are the bodies way of getting rid of dead tissue and is actually a
sign of healing. His hooves get better all the time and his weight and
coat are getting better too. Last winter he quit eating for a while.
He still looks terrible, not even close to the gleeming white horse
that I used to show, but for every 2 steps foreward now, its only
about 1/2 a step back. I am there with you, I spent last evening
crying in the barn. My Clancy horse foundered too (mildly) and is now
going through the abscessing. You are not alone in this.It helps to
talk about it, hope I have not talked too much.
Mary & Marvin