To me if you say lamanitis I think oh....bunner, well...heŽll get over it. Founder (hoof bone rotation)....oh crap....gotta look for a new horse.
Amigo, while some horses/types can be more susceptible to metabolic issues & the likes, it's not just horses with 'family histories' you need to be careful with. Any horse is potentially at risk - it's more a 'lifestyle disease' rather than genetic - for a variety of reasons(as Patty says, it's not just metabolic in cause). I think that regardless of cause, diet/nutrition is vital consideration of 'treatment'. Laminitis of itself is quite often serious & needs more than an 'oh well he'll get over it' approach, and founder, if meaning it as mechanical changes, can indeed be fixed(before anyone assumes, not saying always).
Actually they are not the same beast. One is the disease of the laminae, and the other is the result.
Patty, as said, different people/regions use the terms differently. As explained, I understand your terminology(used to use that definition), but it's not universal.
The people who really understand this know that laminitis is not ALWAYS caused by metabolic issues. It can also be caused by hoof trauma, toxins, and systemic infections.
Absolutely. Don't forget bad mechanics/management
It's not just fat ponies & grain fed performance horses even when it is 'metabolic' either.
Again, that is incorrect. They are not even the same thing. Different terms for different things. One can cause the other.
It isn't actually incorrect, except by the sound of it, in your perception
. As we've seen just in these few posts, there are some different ones out there, that I don't think it's right to say are all 'incorrect' either. Many vets use that terminology & as I sometimes work with vets, I've sort of 'adopted' it. IME there just isn't a universal terminology.