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Category: General Horse Questions
I am afraid I have to say that the most humane course of action would be to put your pony to sleep. However, if you are really really against doing so you need to make your pony's life as comfortable as possible in the meantime. I used to look after a 12.3hh pony who had very severe laminitis and in the end it got to the stage where one day he just couldn't stand up. I would have had him put down a long time before hand but his real owner refused. I used to feed him a little bit of molichop, garlic, olive oil and put in half an Asprin tablet each evening. If it was a really cold day then I would also mix in some warm bran mash. You need to make his bedding quite deep so that it will take some of the pressure off his legs, and just in case he does fall over in the stable it will help to prevent further injury. Do NOT let him get his feet muddy or too wet. The last thing you need is for him to get foot rot or cracked hooves. I would seriously consider any advice that your vet gives you including possibly putting your pony to sleep. It is not an easy thing to do, but I am sure that you wouldn't want the animal you love so much to be in unnecessary pain.