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Laminitis - The nutrition perspective Part 2: Nutrition and Management

May 2012

In a previous article (Part 1: Disease and Causes), we explained the disease and the dietary, metabolic and endocrine pathways that can trigger laminitis. In this article we describe the nutrition and management of obese, insulin resistant and laminitis-prone horses and ponies. 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.   

Laminitis - The nutrition perspective Part 1: Disease and Causes

May 2012

Proper nutrition and management are very important aspects that help with the preparation and maintenance of your laminitis-prone horse before Spring really hits. Although, in Spring more cases of laminitis are observed, laminitis can happen at any time of the year. When spring springs upon us, the warmer temperatures, longer days and early rains trigger the growing season. Pastures become lush and store more sugars for growth.

Chronic Laminitis

May 2012

Chronic laminitis can be frustrating and a challenging condition to treat.  No horse is the same and in fact no foot is the same.  It will be the combined effort of vet and farrier in order to restore health and function to these feet.   When we discussed acute laminitis, we spoke about the damage that can occur to the lamellae (or bonds) between pedal bone and hoof capsule.  In many cases early intervention and removal of the inciting cause can result in complete recovery of the horse.  Other horses may enter into what is described as chronic laminitis.  

Acute Laminitis

November 2010

Laminitis is an emergency. This article aims to give the reader a better understanding of laminitis disease including what signs to look out for, what to do if your horse develops laminitis, and what technology is available to help diagnose and treat your horse.  

Lameness problems in horses

December 2009

Lameness problems should be investigated in a systematic fashion rather than just guessing what is wrong with the horse.  Obtaining a diagnosis is not always easy but  it is an essential step to successful treatment.   Lameness can be evident whilst at rest or during movement and is defined as a deviation from a normal gait.  Lameness can be due to trauma, congenital conditions (e.g contracted tendons), an acquired abnormality (e.g OCD) and infection as well as  less common metabolic, circulatory and nervous system disorders. Influence of the owner/rider


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