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    02-13-2010, 07:35 AM
Laminitis and abcess prone

My pony had her first case of laminitis last summer due to being pretty overweight as the field we had her in had pretty lush grass.
We put her on pain medication and got a muzzle for her, and she quickly got over it in a few weeks.
She also is prone to getting abcesses, she has white hooves which are prone to cracking. She got a bad drop last august and has been stabled ever since then. We put her on a diet and she has lost plenty weight. We fed her hoof kind, a feed specially for lamintis prone horses, and supplemented it with cornucrescine for her hooves.

However, I am moving her back to the field next month.
I plan to section off a small part of it with electric fencing and keep her in there for the summer. We plan to top the field first, and then I plan to put on her muzzle for a while(few weeks) so that she doesn't eat through it all too quickly.
The part of the field I'm sectioning off is at the top of a slope, so I'm hoping that even in rainy weather, there'll be little chance of her getting drop.
Also in the plan is keeping her as fit as possible and in good shape.
Is there anything else I can do to try prevent both the laminitis and the drop? (Besides frequent farrier visits)
Also, what's the best way of keeping her hooves in a good condition without always having to feed her supplements?
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    02-13-2010, 12:22 PM

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    02-13-2010, 03:29 PM
What breed of pony? And how old?

With a history of laminitis, if you are going to put her on pasture at all she should always wear a grazing muzzle. Otherwise her access to pasture should be limited to just a few hours a day and the rest of her diet should be a low non-structural carbohydrate hay. Besides forage, to meet all vitamin/mineral/protein requirements you should supplement with a feed that is low in NSC's as well. A ration balancer like Purina's enrich 12 (for feeding with alfalfa hay) or enrich 32 (for feeding with grass hays) would be a good choice as they are low NSC feeds.

These chronic abcesses are likely linked to being prone to laminitis. We commonly see this in horses that do have recurrent laminitis issues at the equine hospital. So you need to focus on feeding her to prevent laminitis but also supplying a good balanced diet.

If you haven't already, you need to discuss the possibility of insulin resistance with your vet. This metabolic condition is the link between laminitis and easy keepers on grass. You can research it at just by searching for insulin resistance.
    02-13-2010, 03:36 PM
I would tether her in the field and you have full control over her feeding area
    02-13-2010, 05:07 PM
She's a connemara pony and 16 years old. So, yeah, I can really see how she got it, seen as connemaras are used to scavenging for grass in the wild.

Last year was her first time getting laminitis, however she has had drop about 5 times in the last 8 years.
It is possible to house her overnight, however the stable looks out onto the field where my friend's horse is, and she tends to get very anxious and paces when inside. She is a lot happier when she's outside.

I plan on asking about insulin resistance alright too.
    02-15-2010, 08:21 AM
Also check her thyroid level. It's a blood test. Those low in T4 tend to have more laminitis problems. It's easy to fix with a supplement, but you have to retest periodically to be sure dose is right.

Fast growing grass is the worst, and short fast growing grass is worse than when it gets tall. That's when sugar content is the highest. In summer when grass is tall and growing slower, she may not need the muzzle. But watch out in lush wet springtime.
    02-15-2010, 09:51 AM
Originally Posted by JB44    
also check her thyroid level. It's a blood test. Those low in T4 tend to have more laminitis problems. It's easy to fix with a supplement, but you have to retest periodically to be sure dose is right.
This is actually not quite true. Low thyroid production without another medical condition causing it is extremely rare in horses. The reason that for so long you vets would diagnose laminitic horses with hypothyroidism as the cause for it was that they were missing the actual cause. Only in the last several years have we learned that it's actually insulin resistance that is the link to laminitis and that insulin resistance CAUSES low thyroid levels. So, just giving thyroid supplements doesn't fix the problem. It's very important to focus on the primary issue which is the insulin resistance in these horses because it doesn't just cause laminitis or low thyroid hormone production, but it also affects the immune system and just about every other system in the body.

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