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Laminitis in horses - Part 2 - Nutrition and Management

November 2012 by Mariette van den Berg B.(hons) MSc(Equine Nutrition)

Spring is upon us! This is the time when owners of horses that are sensitive to developing laminitis are worrying about the well-being of their horse.

In Part 1 of this series (October issue) we explained the disease and the dietary, metabolic and endocrine pathways that can trigger laminitis. In this article we desctibe the nutrition and management of obese, insulin resistant and laminitis-prone horses.

Laminitis may be considered as a systemic disease, and the mechanisms that are involved in the onset of laminitis may be the result of a variety of pre-existing problems elsewhere in the body of the horse.