Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
I disagree that you can't cure laminitus. I believe you certainly CAN in SOME cases....Said paint horse is cured. Cured means Restoration of health; recovery from disease. She went right back to her normal routine including feed and so forth after about two weeks. She needed no special care afterwards. We just did not turn her out on drought ed grass anymore once it got that strange bluish look to it just in case. No vet or farrier that looked at her would ever believe or be able to tell she had laminitus. No reoccurrance last I heard several years later. This is not as common of an outcome but it does happen.
It is true that when the damage has been great or the horse is predisposed, you will always have an increased risk of reccurance and the horse may always show signs of having the disease.
I also personally agree that typically, "barefoot" is the best way to rehabilitate. When I say barefoot, I don't mean unprotected, I simply mean no metal as a rule and certainly no peripheral loading on weak inflamed lamina. The use of boots, casting, soleguard etc....they all IME work very well. There is no one size fits all answer. Each case is different. Metal shoes have been used along with pour in padding by very skilled farriers and the horses have recovered. I don't think there is one way to skin a cat. There are a very few farriers in the US I would trust to care for my (theoretical) foundered horse besides myself. This is IME the rarity, not the norm. Lots of professionals out there are way way behind the times.
Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)
Last edited by Trinity3205; 01-09-2013 at 02:04 AM.