Laminitis One of the Worst Diseases Affecting Horses
Laminitis One of the Worst Diseases Affecting Horses . Laminitis is one of the most crippling diseases affecting horses. According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), “Laminitis (sometimes called founder) is a specific condition of the foot that can produce lameness. Laminitis is characterized by inflammation and destruction of the cellular bond between the sensitive and insensitive laminae of the hoof.”
Barbaro, a Kentucky Derby winner, is likely the most well-known horse to die of Laminitis. He did not die in vain, for his passing has brought great attention to this dreaded disease. As a result, research funding flowed in.
There are many causes of Laminitis. Grazing on lush green spring grass, for instance, can increase the risk of Laminitis. Getting into the feed room and gorging on too much feed, or eating lawn clippings, may also be a cause of this illness.
Is it possible that a lot of walking on asphalt could cause Laminitis? Sure, it most definitely could.
How about hay? Yes, the consumption of hay, especially fine (non-coarse) hay can cause Laminitis.
If a horse retains some membranes after giving birth to a foal it could lead to the development of Laminitis in a mare.
Changes in your horse’s diet should be made gradually, since dietary variations can be a cause of Laminitis, as well.
Generally, ponies and thick crested horses are more vulnerable to Laminitis than other horses.
Well, we now know that there are several factors that can cause Laminitis in a horse. The best counter measure for this condition is prevention.
Good stable and nutritional management will help prevent Laminitis. When lush spring grass is present, and your horse looks longingly at it, let her in to graze but, limit the time they spend consuming it. Gradually let him eat for longer periods each day, for a two-week period. After that, break it off for a bit (say, two weeks).
Consider horse food called, “Happy Hoof”. Our horses had a serious hoof disease. One of the things that helped them overcome this illness was Happy Hoof. It’s apparent that they enjoy the taste, too.
Good all-around horse management is the prime key to preventing Laminitis in a horse. Some methods to bring this about were covered in this article. By constantly applying the preventative measures mentioned here, the chances of catching this dreadful disease can be significantly reduced.
If you believe your horse is suffering from this disease, don’t rely on the above listed steps, alone. As has been stated, Laminitis is a serious problem. The survival of a horse who has it is not guaranteed, even after the best of care. So, try as many solutions as possible.
See a horse veterinarian, immediately. Be sure to seek the assistance of a specialist. Ask the horse veterinarians you contact who they recommend to overcome Laminitis. You might also ask people in online horse forums what vet they used to fight this affliction.
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