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Q: About 3 weeks ago my horse became lame on one front leg.  My vet came out and informed me my horse was way over weight and he may have founder but he really didn't give me a definite answer.  I have removed him off grain and spring grass. I have stalled him full time but he gets stiff from staying in his stall all day.  Can I exercise (walk him)  or should I be resting his foot?  And is it true once your horse has founder they can never be but back on pasture?  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  I am new at this.  Thank you

A: If you will read all the Articles and Q&As dealing with laminitis/founder that are posted on my web site you will find the answer to all the questions you asked in your message. It took many hours for me to write them and I can not attempt to re-invent the wheel tonight.
 
The link to the Articles: Articles on Horseshoeing
The link to the Q&As: Horseshoeing Questions & Answers
 
Many horses are safely returned to the pasture after a bout with laminitis but they must be reintroduced to grass carefully and in the correct manner. You must read and learn and do what is right. Short cuts will kill your horse.
 
Read the info on my web site and then feel free to e-mail me again with any further questions that arise.
 
Sincerely,
 
Geronimo Bayard
The American Blacksmith 
Oakland, Oregon

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