Laminitis, commonly called founder, is an acutely painful inflammation of the foot. It occurs most often in the front feet although it can affect the hind feet as well. Founder is the name given to the resultant tissue damage and complications following one or a series of acute attacks of laminitis.
In the worst case, permanent damage to the laminae can result and the attachment of the coffin bone to the hoof wall breaks down. The whole weight of the horse bears down on the coffin bone, and without the attachment to the hoof wall, the bone rotates down and can actually be pushed right through the sole to the ground.
Miko was shod and re-shod many times. But 3 months later, he was still lame! Finally in October my vet suggested I try another farrier (not easily done). I was going to take him to a local clinic when a trainer suggested I talk to Ken.
As soon as Ken saw Miko he knew what to do and that he could help him. You can see from the diagram on the left that he needed to be re-trimed as described above, and he said the shoe need to be set back to enhance breakover. (white line indicates where the shoe would be set)
Miko’s Xray 6 months later. just before new shoes. You can see from this xray how his alignment as improved! If Fact Miko went on to compete in regional championships at Prix St. Georges.