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Management Tips for the Laminitic Horse or Pony

March 2018 by Dennis & Sally Cherry, Ironbark Hoof Trimming,

Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae - the finger-like structures connecting the hoof wall to the pedal bone within the hoof capsule. In many areas of Australia, laminitis is typically associated with a diet that is too high in sugars, or non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs). 

Laminitis is a huge topic to get your head around and you’re likely to come across many different opinions if you start to do some research. The following guidelines are based on the current recommendations and teachings of the Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy and hoof care professionals, such as Andrew Bowe and Pete Ramey. It also derives from practice and experience dealing with our own and clients’ laminitic horses and ponies.