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Focus on Laminitis

With the recent good weather, improved grazing and possible decrease in exercise due to isolation during teh Covid19 outbreak, we should be proactive in avoiding laminitis. 

What is laminitis?

Laminitis is a very painful condition where the laminae within the hooves become inflamed. The laminae are responsible for holding the pedal bone suspended within the hoof capsule, as the horse bears weight on these inflamed structures they begin to separate, allowing the pedal bone to rotate away from the hoof wall down towards the sole. 

What are the clinical signs of laminitis? 

Chronic or sub-clinical signs can be subtle but involve:

- being a little sore after shoeing or trimming

- preferring to walk on soft ground rather than stones

- becoming reluctant to pick up their feet.

Acute laminitis signs involve:

- short/ stiff gait

- reluctance to move

- bounding digital pulses

- shifting weight

- reluctance to turn.

Things you can do to decrease risk:

  • Restrict turn out: strip graze, wear a grazing muzzle or reduce turn out time
  • Soak hay to reduce sugar intake
  • Reduce the amount of hard feed and treats your horse is receiving, especially if there is a reduction in exercise. 

If you see any of these signs please contact member of our team on 01622 813700. And remember it is better to proactive, rather than reactive.