Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Tiny lily is 100% correct. Laminitus is the technical term for inflamed lamina. A horse with laminitus caught early enough can sometimes be recovered without the condition progressing to founder. Founder is a common term used for a symptom of advanced laminitus. It occurs when the inflamation from laminitus becomes so advanced the lamina actually loose blood supply and die off and release their velcro hold between the wall and coffin bone causing the coffin bone rotate away from the hoof wall. Basically
Left unsupervised and in pain from serious laminitus for 9 days? Absolutely.....a horse could certainly become gaunted up looking and thin from pain, ulcers, dehydration from lack of movement to get water and.food, etc.etc. I've seen it happen even with supervision. Laminitus is a killer even with the best care. If you suspect it, you need a great knowledgeable vet and farrier on board asap. Google founder stance. Usually thr horse will not want to move however.
Gaunted up in the flanks usually means dehydration and/or lack of sufficiant forage in the gut. Might be having trouble.eating or have to salt or something wrong with the water source? Id check. Stiffness could be a multitude of things. A vet visit might be a great idea.
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Last edited by Trinity3205; 07-09-2013 at 12:01 AM.