FALL LAMINI­TIS ALERT

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

The first cool days of fall of­fer a wel­come respite from sum­mer heat, but they also bring an in­creased risk of lamini­tis. Dur­ing so-called “foot­ball weather,” with cool, crisp, sunny days, the chem­istry of pas­ture grasses changes and

the lev­els of sug­ars that can trig­ger lamini­tis rise. In ad­di­tion, at this time of year hor­mone fluc­tu­a­tions also in­crease the risk of lamini­tis in horses with pi­tu­itary0 pars in­ter­me­dia dys­func­tion (PPID).

Ap­proach fall pas­tures just as you do new spring growth. If your horse has any risk fac­tors for lamini­tis, such as in­sulin0 re­sis­tance, con­sider hav­ing him wear a graz­ing muz­zle full­time or mov­ing him to a dry lot un­til growth has stopped en­tirely for the year. Keep a close watch on other horses as well, and take any signs of foot­sore­ness very se­ri­ously.

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