Could Laminitis have been misdiagnosed? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 12 Old 09-27-2013, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Could Laminitis have been misdiagnosed?

My horse was diagnosed with mild Laminitis in July. I initially thought he had mild colic, so I walked him for 2 hours before the Vet arrived. I was told it was Laminitis (X-Rays showed no rotation). He was taken off feed and then on 99% stall rest for 8 weeks. Little by little, I let him out for some grass, and he's not shown a single sign to-date. I now have him out on grass during the day, and up at night, 1/4 cup (not 1/4 scoop) of Nature’s Essentials® Enrich 12® pelleted horse supplement (a concentrated source of quality protein, vitamins and minerals). He's losing weight, but now that he's out of the stall during the day, gaining back the muscle he needed from being stalled for so long. He looks and feels great! Could he have been misdiagnosed, or because it was so mild a case, he bounced back quickly? I was told I can't trailer him or ride him until next spring??
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A second opinion is always a good idea!
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-27-2013, 10:05 AM
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If you are not confident of the diagnosis, go get another opinion from an equine lameness specialist.

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I would definitely get a second opinion in your case

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Thanks. I Love my Vet, but think a second opinion can't hurt.
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It could have been laminitus. I had a mare get it off droughted grass. No rotation just inflamation. I caught it quickly and she was recovered in a week or two.
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It is definitely possible to be sound after eight weeks if your horse had laminitis without rotation. However, I'm a little confused about the instructions not to trailer for such a long time? The lameness specialist in St. Louis spent a long time on the phone with me assuring me that a long trailer ride would not hurt my laminitic mare. She is trailered on a regular basis for x-rays, vet appts, shoeing, etc. The riding sort of makes sense, although seems very conservative if there was no rotation. I was given a faster timeline for a horse that is much more ill. Sounds like he wants the entire hoof wall to grow out firmly attached before you do anything. Otherwise, I think you might risk rotation. Maybe someone more experienced could shine some light on this?

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Yes, I think he probably did have it, but the 9 month recovery time isn't applicable. I think he'll be just find to ride. I think it was caught quickly as well.
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so long as there is currently still no rotation and the hoof is healthy and sound, I don't see why you would not ride the horse.

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I was told it was Laminitis (X-Rays showed no rotation). He was taken off feed and then on 99% stall rest for 8 weeks.
Of course vets can make mistakes, but laminitis is also very common & often 'sub clinical' & not recognised. What was going on, that the vet decided it was laminitis? Is/was he overweight? What was/is he fed? Why was he on 'stall rest' for 8 weeks?? Was he so sore he couldn't walk outside??

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or because it was so mild a case, he bounced back quickly? I was told I can't trailer him or ride him until next spring??
Certainly could be the case. The thing is, laminitis is so common, but most cases of laminitis start out 'mild' and go unnoticed, until/unless it has progressed to a real, full blown problem, often with mechanical changes, such as 'rotation'. By that stage, some serious rehab is usually needed. But if the 'mild' signs are heeded, it shouldn't generally become a big issue at all.

Re trailering & riding, yes, these can both be a big problem for laminitics/lame horses. But without further information, I'd just say listen carefully to the horse & be considerate of him & he'll tell you what he's up to.

What treatment has the horse had(aside from being cooped up)? What made the vet say so long locked up & not ridden/trailered?(I'm guessing it's not Spring now, where you are). What has your farrier said/advised/done?
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