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The au­tumn flush of new grass brings with it an in­creased risk of lamini­tis, some­thing that many peo­ple think of as a spring­time-only con­di­tion. “Au­tumn lamini­tis is par­tic­u­larly a risk for horses who have PPID (Pi­tu­itary Pars In­ter­me­dia Dys­func­tion), also called Cush­ing’s dis­ease,” says Kather­ine. “The grass at this time of year is packed full of WSCs (wa­ter sol­u­ble car­bo­hy­drate), so it’s not so much the quan­tity your horse con­sumes, but the qual­ity.” Lim­it­ing how much grass your horse or pony has ac­cess to is a good idea if he’s prone to lamini­tis. “It’s also a good idea to get him tested for PPID if he’s show­ing clin­i­cal signs of Cush­ing’s, or is an older horse,” adds Kather­ine. SYMP­TOMS IN­CLUDE: Fat pads Dull coat De­layed shed­ding Decreased ath­letic per­for­mance Sunken back Lethar­gic look “Con­sider re­duc­ing the amount of sugar and starch he re­ceives in hard feed too, if he’s prone to lamini­tis,” sug­gests Kather­ine. There are plenty of low sugar/starch feeds on the mar­ket. Speak to a nu­tri­tion­ist first and al­ways make any di­etary ad­just­ments grad­u­ally.

The flush of new grass in au­tumn can lead to an in­creased risk of lamini­tis

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