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or an ill­ness such as Po­tomac horse fever; me­chan­i­cal stress or in­jury

ex­treme pain in the af­fected feet, shift­ing weight from one fore­foot to the other, “sit­ting” back on the hindquar­ters to re­duce weight on the forefeet, strong dig­i­tal pulses, el­e­vated res­pi­ra­tory rate, slight fever and gen­er­ally un­com­fort­able look

Once signs of lamini­tis ap­pear, dam­age to the hoof is al­ready un­der­way. Re­search sug­gests that stand­ing a horse in ice wa­ter when the first signs ap­pear may help re­duce the sever­ity of an episode. A va­ri­ety of med­i­ca­tions can help re­duce pain and in­flam­ma­tion. Var­i­ous trim­ming and shoe­ing strate­gies may be used to help sup­port the hoof and limit or pre­vent ro­ta­tion of the cof­fin bone.

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