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post #1 of 8 Old 01-13-2009, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Question Has he go laminitas?


Has any one got any tips or advise on how to identify if my horse has laminitas.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-13-2009, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry the title of the thread was suppsoed to read has he got, its so cold here my fingers are stuck toghether.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-13-2009, 07:29 AM
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Here are a few signs, but if you feel that your horse may have issues the sooner you get help the better off your horse is:
(taken from Laminitis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Increased temperature of the wall, sole and/or coronary band of the foot.
A pounding pulse in the digital palmar artery. (The pulse is very faint or undetectable in a cold horse, readily evident after hard exercise.)
Visible trembling
Increased vital signs and body temperature
Flared Nostrils
Walking very tenderly, as if walking on egg shells
Repeated "easing" of affected feet
The horse standing in a "founder stance" (the horse will attempt to decrease the load on the affected feet). If it has laminitis in the front hooves, it will bring its hindlegs underneath its body and put its forelegs out in front called "pointing"
Tendency to lie down, whenever possible or, if extreme, to remain lying down.

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-13-2009, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thansk Angel, He has been walking rathe rgingerly and have noticed some trembling.

Vets are expensive here so only wanted to call if sure!
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Mmmm also noticed his foot are hot, thats another one on the list!
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-13-2009, 12:03 PM
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Frist, what symptoms does your horse have that makes you wonder if it may have laminitis?

Every horse is different, a horse can founder in 1,2,3 or all 4 feet, depending on the cause of the laminitis.
But generally they will founder in either both front or all 4. Laminitis causes a lot of toe pain as the laminae swells. The clasic founder symptoms are heat in the hooves, bounding pedal pulses, and the founder stance (rocking back onto their heels, trying to releave pressure on the toes). When they walk it appears as if they are being pulled along.

If you suspect laminitis, call the vet & farrier immediately, it is a medical emergency. Not getting immediate care for acute laminitis can cause irreversable damage and in some cases the horse may need to be put down.

Most vets I have worked with will order for the farrier to lower the heel and give support to the frog by putting on pads, then cut the toe way back to releave toe pressure and ease in breakover, then put an open toe shoe on (backwards shoe).
The earlier the treatment the better chance the horse has for a good recovery.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-13-2009, 01:33 PM
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I wouldn't wait....time is critical with founder/laminitis. Call your farrier at the very least, if the horse has foundered he may need lily pads or heartbar shoes. I had a horse that foundered and we got going on it right away, she recovered....but radiographs showed that she had 7 degree rotation in one foot and 9 degrees in the other. I'd recommend having your vet take x-rays ASAP too.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-13-2009, 01:51 PM
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If your horse is experiencing pain, first, move him to soft bedding, like sawdust, or at least the softest ground you have and make him comfortable. Give him some grass hay if he's willing to eat, and make sure water is available.
Then call the vet. You may consider soaking his feet in cold water if he's standing and will let you place his feet in buckets or rubber pans to do so. Let him lay down if he wants.A very small dose of bute may help, as well, but only for the next couple of days, and ONLY if he's in excruciating pain. If you mask pain, he may move more than his feet can handle and do more damage. Have a farrier come out to trim excess wall away ASAP to minimize damage within the hooves. The most painful, Acute stage, lasts about 72 hours. After that, make sure your horse can move around IF he wants to. Don't confine him in a stall after the acute stage! And don't starve him. If he gets grain, he can still have SOME, if you suddenly cease to feed his usual feed, it can cuase more digestive upset, esp. if it wasn't triggered by feed.
Once he's out of the Acute stage, turn hoim out 24/7. SPread his hay around so he'll move some, (at his own speed). Handwalking for a few minutes a day will help start the recovery, avoid super hard, choppy/rocky ground for a while, just nice, firm ground, like a rubber mat. But don't force excerise the first 3 days!!! Have the farrier out in another 2 weeks to trim again, to keep the damage in check, and again in 3 weeks, then 4, and keep handwalking. Avoid sharp turns initially, as they can cause damage, as well, by tearing at the internal structures.
Absolutely don't give bute after the first 3 days. DOn't rush him when you handwalk him, and reconsider what diet you feed him and figure out what caused the episode in the first place. Bad shoeing? Feed? Sugary grass? Too much work suddenly on a very hard surface?
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