Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Thankfully, if the farrier and vet are knowledgeable, most laminitus can be avoided. Laminitus is a management issue. Recognising the signs and risks in a particular horse before it happens and allieviating them is the best method of treatment. Always better to be proactive.
I look at every horse as a case of laminitus waiting to happen. I evaluate impending risk.based on several factors and try to make changes as needed to keep the risk as low as possible. Everything affects risk percentages.... how we keep them, what they eat, breed, medical issues, age, vaccinations, deworming.sensitivity, weather changes, pasture changes...etc.etc. Horses at high risk due to inchangable thibgs like breed and age etc and especially with signs showing in the hoof of sub clinical laminitus should be watched like a hawk. If you know what to.look for, most.times, it can be avoided. Every horse should have the changeable risk factors lessened or eliminated ideally. But the first line of battle is knowing. Most people dont know how much they can affect risk by simply.making a few changes in their.horsekeeping and by keeping their horse at a good weight. Fat is actually worse than slightly thin for the horses health.
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