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  • What to do when irs horse get bouts of laminitis
  • Thick cresty neck will it go away

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    09-04-2012, 07:42 AM
I will try to get some pictures tonight that arent off my phone lol. And im in the process of making a vet appointment by the receptionist doesnt know how late the vet is willing to do appointments so im waiting to hear back!! Its always difficult bc I work "business hours" 5-7days a week to pay for the horses in the first place!!
Thanks to everyone for your advice
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    09-04-2012, 08:24 AM
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I would ask for a full bloods to be done to check his insulin levels - I have a friend in the UK who really struggles to keep weight on her IRS pony without him going cresty or laminitic - they go from being 'good doers' to being bad ones. Might be worth testing him for Cushings too.
Sentinel senior seems to be a safe feed - I use it for mine and one of them had severe laminitis several years ago. You could add non molassed sugar beet to that - also a safe feed and recomended by the Laminitis Trust
My vet had such good results with chromium supplement on an old laminitic pony he 'rescued' that he suggested I use that - it also seems to encourage 'safe weight gain' I buy Quiessence as it also contains magnesium which is also said to be good for IRS horses.
    09-04-2012, 10:30 AM
If your horse has foundered before and tends to get fat deposits it would be advisable to keep your horse on the lean side........better a little thin then to fat and risk another bout of laminitis.

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    09-04-2012, 12:48 PM
Jaydee-- I actually used to have him on the senior sentinel and then the vet I got the 2nd opinion from had me switch to the performance as it is higher fat. Its also what I feed my ottb mare that has a tendency to tie up and is also on a low sugar/starch diet. I will def talk about it with my vet (whenever I hear from him)
And I am certainly going to ask for a blood draw! I hope we can get a diagnosis on him!
Thanks everyone :)

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