Ride just before foundering August 2006 Ride just before foundering August 2006

Raffi came to Daisy Haven Farm as an 16-year-old Arabian mare in February 2007. She was overweight and been diagnosed with laminitis due to Insulin Resistance. She was acutely painful with significant rotation. Her coffin bones was threatening to penetrate her soles.

Right and left front feet just before coming to Daisy Haven Farm for rehabilitation Right and left front feet just before coming to Daisy Haven Farm for rehabilitation

DDT/E and TEAM: Initial Consultation

Diet: Tested low-sugar hay was fed at a rate of 1.5% of current body weight in a slow feed hay net to facilitate hay available 24/7 yet supporting safe weight loss by limiting quantity. Mineral/vitamin supplementation per Dr. Kellon’s nutritional protocol was provided without adding extra calories. White salt block was provided.
Diagnosis: Veterinarian drew new blood work to determine risk status for Insulin Resistance and Cushings Syndrome. Raffi’s insulin was very high, but ACTH was negative.
Trim: Trim was applied to realign the hoof capsule and internal structures using Soft Ride Boots. Her feet were soaked in Clean Trax and wrapped in diapers inside the boots until risk of sole penetration and infection was minimal. Then glue/composite shoes were applied.
Exercise: Turnout in dry lot paddock with continual access to deeply bedded stall, no forced movement.
TEAM: As part of the new veterinarian/farrier team we were hoping new ideas and fresh eyes would make a positive change for this horse.
Raffi lost about 10 lbs/week on the low-sugar diet. The heat and digital pulse in her feet diminished and then went away completley. She was able to come off all anti-inflammatories. At that time we applied glue-on composite shoes to continue her hoof rehabilitation.

Right Front: After 5 weeks in glue-on composite shoes damaged foot is growing out well, sole depth is improving Right Front: After 5 weeks in glue-on composite shoes damaged foot is growing out well, sole depth is improving Left Front: After 5 weeks in glue-on composite shoes damaged foot is growing out well, sole depth is improving Left Front: After 5 weeks in glue-on composite shoes damaged foot is growing out well, sole depth is improving

The following year, Raffi went back to being ridden and started competing in dressage. She stayed in glue-on composite shoes to facilitate her hoof soundness.

Right Front: Hoof capsule is stable, and Raffi is sound.  Radiograph and photograph taken November 2008 Right Front: Hoof capsule is stable, and Raffi is sound. Radiograph and photograph taken November 2008 Right Front: Hoof capsule is stable, and Raffi is sound.  Radiograph and photograph taken November 2008 Right Front: Hoof capsule is stable, and Raffi is sound. Radiograph and photograph taken November 2008 Raffi waiting to go in the ring at a local dressage show Raffi waiting to go in the ring at a local dressage show Right front foot in 2013, seven years after initial laminitis Right front foot in 2013, seven years after initial laminitis Left front foot in 2013, seven years after initial laminitis Left front foot in 2013, seven years after initial laminitis

Using DDT/E + Team we were able to keep Raffi sound and happy for six years until in 2013 she sadly passed away from cancer.