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Re: [RC] Founder question - Helen and Larry McMaster

Lif,

I 've never heard of this, but in Dec. of 2004, we made the terrible decision to have our lovely mare, Ember, put down - she was insulin resistant and had re-foundered for the 3rd time. Even with her winter coat she was very bright and shiny. She had not had any grain for over a year, nor any apples, carrots or other treats - only rinsed beet pulp and hay ( which we had tested for sugar content ) She also was not fat.

Horses with Cushings are not as likely to be shiny and they also are prone to founder.

Helen
Ont. Canada


----- Original Message ----- From: "Lif Strand" <lif.strand@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 4:44 PM
Subject: [RC] Founder question



In a discussion on another list, the subject of founder came up. I mentioned that somewhere along the line someone told me that sometimes an extraordinarily shiny coat, almost artificially shiny looking, is seen on a foundered horse. I have myself seen such a shiny coat on a foundered horse, and assumed it was connected because of this memory. I mentioned this on the other list and it was questioned - I have to admit that I'm not sure where I heard about the shiny coat/foundered horse connection, or if it's one of those jumbled memories that isn't based on anything at all.

Since there's so many knowledgeable people on this list, I thought I'd ask if the shiny coat/founder memory is a false one, or if this is something others have seen, and if it is something that happens, why the shiny coat? Thanks.


------------------------ Lif Strand, Research Associate Southwest Center for Resource Analysis Western New Mexico University (505) 773-4897 (505) 212-0108 FAX

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