Vet, Horse First Aid

From: Equestrian and Horse | Horse Ailments

See also: Tack | Clipping | Rugs | Worming | Care

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This is a very painful disease that affects the Laminae within the hoof. When the blood flow to the hoof gets disrupted it causes the Laminae to become inflamed and eventually die, in severe causes this complete breakdown of Laminae  causes the Pedal Bone within the hoof capsule to become  Foundered which is the term used to describe when the Pedal Bone  is no longer supported within the hoof and from here it will then  sink down and eventually  penetrate the Sole of the horses foot, it is then called a Sinker.

Laminae is a tissue rich with veins, which  supplies the hoof and internal structures with nutrients and blood supply, it is the Laminae tissue that supports the Pedal Bone within the hoof  and joins it to the Hoof Wall.

Causes of Laminitis
There can be several triggering factors with Laminitis such as Feed overload, stress, drugs administered, infection or  trauma.

Symptoms Of Laminitis

Horses At Risk
All horses can potentially suffer from Laminitis, early detection and consultation with your vet along with   following good  stable management practices will help to limit the severity of the Lamanitic episode. Overweight horses and ponies are most at risk especially during times when lush grass is coming through ie. In the spring and autumn but there can be many other triggering factors such as toxins, hormonal, trauma and administered drugs.

Treatment Of Laminitis

Prevention Of Laminitis

What To Feed
The key thing to remember is low starch, low sugar high fibre, high antioxidants and monitor your horses weight.