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Soft Ride Equine Boots for Laminitic Horses

When our mare Shin N In The Finals, began to founder (laminitis) after foaling and retaining the placenta, we were very lucky that she was already at Stillwater Vet Clinic under 24 hour monitoring. Her medical treatment began almost immediately. I saw Shiney about six hours after the initial signs of laminitis began. She was glassy-eyed with pain and reluctant to stand. When she did stand, it was excruciating to watch. I was amazed that the laminitis could progress so quickly, and I was fearful of what the outcome would be. Early the next morning, the vet clinic called to say that the acute phase seemed to be ebbing at bit. They wanted to know if by any chance, I had Soft Ride Boots that they could put on Shiney to ease her pain and support her frog while she stood. Fortunately, I had bought a pair of small boots for a navicular mare that we had shipped to Texas for breeding several years ago. I rushed down to the clinic with the boots. They fit perfectly and they offered almost immediate relief. Shiney has been wearing the boots almost continuously for a month now. At first we confined her to a stall, but as she has progressed in her recovery, we have turned her and her foal out in a run that opens off her stall. She still had a bit of soreness in her left foot that was apparent when we ask her to turn. Last week we ordered a new pair of Soft Rides, fitted exactly to her feet, along with orthotic inserts designed specifically for laminitic horses. She is moving even more comfortably now. If you didn't know the story you would barely notice any problems. I don't know how long she will need to wear the boots. It will probably be trial and error as to when we can take her off of them, and eventually she may need corrective shoeing. I do think the boots have hastened her recovery.


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