The Belgian mare, Isabelle, at my stable had been ouchie on her front feet on and off for the last day or two, so the vet came out yesterday. I wasn't there, so I haven't gotten all the details yet, but I've heard through the grapevine that she has laminitis. Her feet are apparently getting red lines, and she was sensitive to the hoof tester. I guess the vet said no more grain, and to give her bute.
Well, I would think if it really were laminitis there would be more of a treatment plan than that. But what do I know, I never had a horse or had to take care of a horse with this problem. What puzzles me is that the stable has owned her for nearly 6-7 years, and nothing has changed diet wise since then so what could have triggered this? She lives on a dirt lot, gets barely any grain (a few handfuls), and eats grass hay. She's trail ridden a lot during the summer on roads, but she's never had a problem with it. When the stable bought her she was obese, and now she's at more of a normal weight. Still kinda fat, but no where near what she was. What could have caused this? She's not always lame either. Some times she's perfectly fine, and others she's a little ouchie and will take baby steps.
Here she is a few months ago with my dad: