Originally Posted by lauralu1986
the vet recomended that we didnt use travel boots as it stops her bending her legs properly also she has been out in all weathers but with a warm rug on she is on 2 bute aday she is not on any supplements only happyhoof and hay as she suffers from laminituse
Yes, I wouldn't advise leaving a horse in travel boots unsupervised anyway. Re supps, if she's arthritic, on bute(for how long? - long term can cause gut damage & lead to laminitis attacks) & also laminitic, I would most definitely have her on probiotics & nutritional supplements.
There was a concern about giving glucosamine to IR people & horses, but *I think* it has been found to be safe - can't find the report I had or remember the details though, so don't take my word for it.
Anecdotal evidence suggests extra Mg in their diet has a good effect on IR/laminitis prone horses, but recently there has been some exciting research done, that appears to show this more than anecdotally. Many normal nutritional supplements such as 'ration balancers' are full of molasses, grain based, etc, but not all by any means, so just because a horse is laminitic doesn't mean you won't be able to supplement her to assure well balanced nutrition. That of itself will help her deal better with laminitis & arthritis IMO.