After reading many recent articles about EMS and laminitis in your recent issues, I just wanted to quickly share a photo and a story of a brave mare, Indian Glow.
Indy suffered two bouts of laminitis with rotation of the pedal bones before being diagnosed with EMS. She was never “fat” as such, but obviously had issues. She is not my horse but belongs to a very close friend and I had the pleasure of riding her when she was rst broken in. I went on to compete Indy with some pretty good wins in the pinto and Arab rings when she had, I think, her second bout of laminitis and was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
Even with rotation and two bouts of laminitis, Indy became sound again and was leased out to another rider as I was by then too busy with my own horses. She went on to win at HOY that season but a few months later suffered an incredibly bad case of laminitis and came home to her owner to be locked up 24/7.
Things were looking pretty dire at this stage. Indy’s rotation had worsened and even being off grass she did not seem to be improving in any way. The vets had said to be prepared.... it was looking like Indy would lose the battle and would have to be put down.
Indy’s nal chance was to come to live with me. In Marshlands, my paddocks are very cushioning and as I also have some fatties I had a perfect place for Indy to live with no grass and no hard ground. Almost immediately Indy seemed better on her feet... she was at least walking! Over the next months we watched her get sounder and sounder. I started walking her, and from there she just kept going ‘til this show season when she once again graced the pinto ring. She has had many successes again, but to be honest the fact that this gutsy little horse has come back from the brink is the biggest reward of all!
She has a wonderful owner who has never once begrudged anything she has needed, a great farrier, and vets who have helped get her back to 100%.
I just wanted to share this so people realise things like this don’t always mean it’s the end of the line for a horse. Indy is proof there can be hope!
The pic is Indy winning Supreme Ridden at the South Island Pinto Show