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.