Best Practices for the foundered pony? Also opinions re: Soft-Ride boots please.
We have taken on a foundered pony as a retirement boarder for an absent owner. I would like to know what "best practices" are for the previously foundered pony.
I know that:
1) keep weight down (last place already did a good job of getting weight down)
2) low starch food (have switched him to grass only hay and 1/2 cup of ration balancer 2x day)
3) limited grass (our grass is pretty much dead here right now and will have a muzzle on him for next spring). On limited grass during the day and dirt paddock with grass hay at night.
4) corrective trimming (my farrier saw him already, pulled his shoes and trimmed so as to create break over with toe, a little bit trimmed from heel area so as to put as much sole as possible on the ground, trimmed nothing from the sole. He is a bit slipper toed; farrier already working to correct that)
We have recent xrays, he has some coffine bone rotation already. When farrier saw him he felt he was not stable due to pulse at back of pastern, uncomfortable stance and slight seperation of hoof at the front of the coronet band. He recommended some anti-inflammatory (started pony on .5 gram bute 2xday)
Farrier and vet recommended Soft-Ride boots, curious to hear if anybody has experiences with them and how well they stay one. This pony lives out 24/7 and they will need to have some staying power!
I will order some I think but in the mean time I am going to rig up up a homemade pad made with wedge of foam insulation to duct tape on his front feet.
Am I missing anything? I have had a previously foundered but stable pony before, this is first one with acute condition.
What is most recent recommendations regarding this condition?
Any opinions on the Soft-Ride boots?