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Laminitis is a condition that not many horse owners have not worried about at one time or another.
TREATING YOUR LAMINITIC HORSE
If you suspect laminitis call your vet or farrier and take action until their arrival.
Restrict Grazing. If you do not have access to a stable then you can make a stable sized pen using electric fencing or gates. If possible make up a deep non edible bed to help support the feet.
Treatment from your vet or farrier is paramount. Make sure that your farrier is fully qualified! A farrier spends many years studying the structures of the horses feet and anatomy. The old adage “No foot - No Horse” is a lot more than an old wives tale!
Your vet can prescribe you any drugs that you may need to help reduce the inflammation.
STOP FEEDING ALL GRAIN BASED FEEDS AND PASTURE
DON NOT STARVE YOUR HORSE! It is recommended that a horse will need forage of hay grass of between 1.2% and 1.5% (2% for very large breeds) of the bodyweight daily. For example a 500kg horse will need between 5.9kg - 10kg. Avoid feeding less than 1% of bodyweight.
Feed low quality, low sugar forage. Balance the diet with a low dose rate vitamin and mineral supplement and a good quality protein, from full fat soya or similar.
After treating the initial bout of laminitis , it can be managed by limiting turnout to 1-3 hours a day, preferably late at night , after 10pm or early in the morning before 10am. Ensure you avoid frosts, as this increases the fructins in the grass.
Exercise, this is a subject that can be contradictory - after the initial treatment , some consider light exercise beneficial as it increases the blood flow to the hooves. In the case of a severe bout of laminitis this may not always be possible and it could be recommended minimal movement. Your vet will advise you on the best way of treatment.
Cold hosing or using buckets of iced water can be considered an aid to lower the temperature of the feet and offer short term relief until the drugs take effect.
Alfalfa hay or chaff is an excellent addition to most horses diets, even those that are insulin resistant. It is lower in starch and sugar than most grass hays. With a higher protein content however it does make it more calorific.
You can feed a laminitic horse feeds that are specifically designed for metabolic issues, a ratio balancer. or vitamin &mineral supplements . These can be used with a combined sugar/starch content of no more than 10-12%
Magnesium and chronium both assist insulin and glucose dynamics, with Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Vit E, iodinised salt, are also up there on the essentials list, together with essential amino acids such as Lysine, Methionine and Thereonine.
Feeds such as micronised linseed is also an excellent choice for feeding the laminitic horse. It contains low starch, low sugar, high protein, it is high in Omega oils. It is a magical feed that provides anti-inflammatory properties and it is highly palatable for most horses. Many of the supplement and balancers use linseed as an ingredient.
There are many supplements on the market, these are not drugs and thus do not come under the regulations of medicines act. They are considered to be feed additives and are loosely regulated under the feeding stuffs regulations and as such are not allowed to claim that they prevent, cure or treat laminitis. Although the majority of supplements are produced by reputable companies with long histories of horse healthcare and specific ingredients that can be of great value.
We have found a couple of great links to guides on the Laminitic Horse, offering feeding guidelines, body scoring and top tips.
Take a look for yourselves at
Disclaimer - The details contained within this article are for information suggestion purposes only and do not take the place of professional advice from Vets or Farriers. The material has been sourced from various articles from vets, farriers, feed manufacturers and other advisory bodies. No responsibility will be taken for the accuracy of this information. No liability will be accepted for any damage arising from use, reference or reliance from any of the information given. We will always stand by our opinion that you seek the advice of professionals.