Equine laminitis

Equine laminitis What to do next!

While waiting for the vet to arrive, try and make the horse as comfortable as possible, if he is able to walk to his stable.

Your vet may ask you to contact you farrier, as he may be needed to stabilise the foot and in most cases remove the shoes.

The horse will need to be on deep litter bedding to make him comfortable. The bedding will need to cover the whole area of the stable, to provide additional support.

Deep litter bedding is when only the droppings are taken out each day. Fresh bedding is then placed on top.

You may use whatever bedding you want, straw of any kind is definitely a “no no” as the horse will eat it.

While waiting for the vet, remove all hay and feed from the stable, allowing the horse to drink if he wants to.

When the vet arrives he will advise you on an exercise and weight loss programme, in order to manage the condition and give the horse the best quality of life possible.

A friend of mine bought a pretty dark bay gelding; Welsh pony a few years ago.

It was a chunky looking pit pony type, with a thick full flowing mane and tail, and its manners were impeccable.

The pony was very talented and good all rounder. It had hunted and had been a prolific winner in many disciplines, show jumping, cross country and gymkhana.

It was just amazing and would be any child’s dream pony.

The owners of the pony were very knowledgeable and genuine.

They told my friend that the pony had never had laminitis through good management and regular exercise.

They went through the pony’s routine and exercise plan and wrote it down for them.

All went well for a year, and then the novelty wore off and the little girl started losing interest.

This resulted in the pony spending more and more time in the field with no exercise.

As the months went by it got more obese until one day they decided to bring it in from the field, only to find out he had problems walking.

The vet was called and the onset of laminitis had begun. Such a lovely pony, what a shame!

The annoying thing is that there was no excuse; this pony should not have contracted laminitis in the first place, as the new owners were given the management plan for the pony.

He had spent all life giving pleasure to children and putting a great big smile on the parents’ faces, and in return he just needed to be managed correctly.

I believe that some people don’t take laminitis serious enough. These people are now faced with a vet’s bill and the farrier had to make more frequent visits, another expense!

Equine laminitis

It’s very hard to find a home for a laminitic pony; most people will stay well clear.

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