Agree with Ryle, that 'laminitis supps' are largely useless. But balanced nutrition is important, so a *good* complete supp is probably a good idea. I'm far from a nutritional expert, so would advise a service/program such as FeedXL.com or such(which I subscribe to & find fantastic), to work out what exactly you need to supp & also to have an equine nutritionist's brains to pick. Another great source of info specifically about feeding lami-prone beasties is safergrass.org
Agree also that you need to work out the cause of the prob. I disagree that it *necessarily* indicates IR or such if the horse developed lami from rich grass. The common pastures which have been developed for fattening cattle & the likes are often problematic for horses, not built to cope with such a rich diet.
If your horse did actually *founder*, rather than just have a laminitis attack, this means that the lami was likely an ongoing problem for some time prior to the recognition of it. Founder is the mechanical changes in the hoof that *begin* with inflammation & weakening of the laminae. Also if he is foundered, there are likely other problems with his hoofcare & management that are contributing to his troubles. Some hoof pix would give us an idea of these problems, if you wish to post some for critique.
Almost forgot to add... regarding tenderness, this may well be due to thin soles/founder. It may also be due to heel pain, which is common, esp in foundered horses. As well as correcting his diet & keeping him *well* trimmed, it's important to make management changes that ensure he gets a lot of exercise, but ensuring he's comfortable enough to use his feet properly to do it. It's also important to treat/rule out infection(thrush or such) causing or contributing to the discomfort.
Last edited by loosie; 10-28-2009 at 01:44 AM.