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post #1 of 3 Old 09-17-2011, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Laminitis or something else?

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:

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-17-2011, 08:13 PM
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Need more info to really even guess at anything. Red rings - one on each hoof around the entire circumfrence? Are there other rings, ridges, not just red? Just because the horse has been managed the same way long term doesn't mean she can't develop lami though, esp if she's been overweight long term. People can smoke for many years without getting cancer & they don't always get it. Or more appropriately, people can eat rubbish for years before getting type 2 diabetes. But also lami can be caused for other reasons - stress, certain wormers or other toxins, for eg. It's also possible that the hay she's getting now is very rich in sugars - rye for eg is not the best. She could have had chronic long term problems that have mounted until they've finally caused lameness...
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-17-2011, 09:41 PM
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Laminitis can have many causes. But if she is indeed suffering from laminitis, you're right, she needs to be on a far more aggressive treatment plan.
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