Founder is founder. It is the rotation of the bone. Laminitis is laminitis. Is is inflamed laminae. They are two separate things. .
Laminitis can be caused by a number of things such as weather, diet, injury, etc.
It can be managed with a low NSC diet, grass restriction, cold therapy (such as a game ready machine) and proper hoof care. Diet and good care being the most important. Cold therapy for a flare up.
A good friend of mine (who is also an amazing barefoot trimmer) has brought back quite a few sever laminitic horses. She currently owns one now. He does well on proper diet and a good, proper trim. He is dry lotted bc grass will flare up laminitis. He still had flare ups occasionally (who knows why), but when he does, she immediately game readies him to pull out the inflammation.
So yes, it can be managed, but its most likely always going to be an issue. I, personally, would not take on a horse who has been laminitic.
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Last edited by OneFastHorse; 01-06-2013 at 02:36 PM.