It's not really off topic, considering what I just read last night on another forum about a new drug for laminitis. It's a painkiller/anti-inflammatory without the nasty side effects of bute. What caught my eye was that researchers had different set ups, treated different symptoms at a time, and not one single horse was sound afterwards, new drug or not. Some of the treatment regimens made the horse better for a while, just to have another, worse flare -up. Goes to show you how complex a condition it is.
My mare, after her vaccine, developed COPD, desperately needed cortisone, but we couldn't do it, since it can cause laminitis. I eventually lost her to COPD, her laminitis being in check.
If I would have known what I know now, she still could be alive.
Makes me wonder if it wouldn't be better to come back to nature and let horses live like horses, let them become strong on their own, without much interference from certain standard treatments. We know that there is resistance to certain drugs, mainly from overuse, and slowly slowly minds change on deworming, for example.
Not to say a veterinary treatment has it's place, by all means, but sometimes less is more...
With that in mind, what my neighbor does is absolute natural, and he doesn't have laminitic horses, even tho they are quite fat in summer. It seems to balance out with the meager winters and constant movement.
Some people might call what he does neglect, for sure, I was the first to do so, when I saw it. But it for sure made me think.
These horses eat native grasses, some weeds, lick the soil in certain spots, travel a lot between good food and the water source, are exposed to the elements, heat being the worst, not a single tree in pasture. What do we do? Designer hay, highly nutritious, grain, turnout limited, wrapped in blankets......
I've decided to not up my horse's hay this winter, so my blimp can downsize a little, and what my mare might be lacking I rather make up with alfalfa pellets. I, due to not having plain grass hay available, got oat, 3-way, orchard and a little alfalfa, for diversity, have calculated the amount of each needed(they compliment each other nicely, btw), give a ration balancer, a little less than recommended because they get a lot out of the hay alone, salt and water. Out 24/7, shelter, which they use only to get away from the bugs. Blimp is already a bit trimmer