I like & agree with your posts Tealamutt, especially regarding the risk of gastric damage with NSAIDs. I didn't think this was confined just to a combo of drugs though? Also I believe there is evidence to suggest this gut damage - leaks, ruptures, ulcers, etc, due to drugs, acidosis & such - and resulting toxins entering the blood are a likely cause of laminitis, so it's a particularly relevent concern.
One thing you said tho... "There is no cure for laminitis." Which bit of it are you saying there's no cure for? I definitely don't believe they're all cureable, but for eg. I understood that EMS/IR was reversible with good diet & exercise, although PPID appears irreversable. 'Rotation', sinking or other separation of the hoof capsule can be reversed too, but if the horse has been chronic for a long time & there are boney changes, this may not be improved, particularly if it's got to the stage where there is substantial loss of the distal tip of P3.
One thing to OP, assuming his feet are well trimmed to relieve further mechanical stress on laminae, assuming he's over the actual 'attack' and assuming he can be made comfortable, with foam pads, boots or such(I do not believe forcing a horse in pain is a good move at all), &/or worked on yielding footing, exercise is a good thing & if you can make all that work in the paddock, he shouldn't need to remain locked up long.
Last edited by loosie; 06-06-2012 at 06:14 AM.