LAMINITIS PREVENTION BASICS
HERE’S A RUNDOWN OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS POTENTIALLY CRIPPLING DISEASE AND HOW TO PREVENT IT.
Laminitis---the inflammation of the soft tissue (sensitive laminae) within the hoof---can cause a horse excruciating pain. In severe cases, the sensitive laminae weaken to the point where they can’t support the coffin bone, which then sinks or rotates, pulling away from the interior of the hoof wall--a condition called “founder.” In these severe cases, this damage cannot be undone, and the
horse may be left permanently unsound. In the worst cases, euthanasia may be the only humane option.
There are two forms of laminitis: An acute episode occurs rapidly and may respond to appropriate, intensive treatment; the chronic form is a persistent, long-term condition that can be difficult to treat. To protect your horse from either type of this devastating disease, identify the factors that might put him at risk, take the appropriate preventive measures and be ready to respond should you notice early signs of the disease.