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Identifying Horses with Laminitis

July 2017 by Dr Luke Wells-Smith, BVSc,

It’s every horse owner’s worst nightmare - arriving home to see your horse standing at the bottom of the paddock, not running up for his evening feed. 

You walk down to him, he’s not stuck in the fence, he is standing on all four feet, but shifting his weight from one foot to the next. You put the head collar on, but he is very reluctant to walk. What could be wrong with him? 

This is one of the ways that your horse may present with laminitis. Laminitis is the inflammation and subsequent detachment of the bond between the pedal bone and the hoof wall. 

This article aims to discuss the causes of laminitis, along with how the condition is diagnosed by your veterinarian.