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post #1 of 5 Old 06-26-2009, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Natural Therapies for Founder and Laminitis

Hey everyone I found this AWESOME book that has natural therapies for horses to help prevent founder and laminitis. I would really suggest taking a look at it to learn more about it you can check out their website here Laminitis (Founder) Advice
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-26-2009, 10:46 PM
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The best way to prevent founder and laminitis is to not feed any (or VERY little) grain products or feeds containing grain products, exercise the horse regularly and/or have plenty of turnout, and do not stall the horse more than 12 hours a day.

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All of my horses have at least 30% of their hard feed in oats - none of them have ever foundered because of oats.

My hay supply is rich in meadow herbs and flowers - comfrey is present in most of my hay supply and is good for horses feet in general

Natural remedies for horses are definitely an avenue that people should explore - there is plenty of information available on the subject and it should not be overlooked.
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No, a horse won't founder off oats, I agree. Oats are high fiber and are readily digest. Here in the USA, many people have gotten away from feeding oats in favor of mixed or pelleted horse feeds, which contain many ingredients that aren't natural to a horse's system. Non-symptomatic laminitis can present with any high sugar/starch feeding program. The horse can seem fine, but just be a bit short strided or grumpy on certain surfaces. You'd think it was more likely a muscle, chiropractic, or other soreness issue, but in some cases it's actually low-grade laminitis, and a change in diet clears up all of the "symptoms". It's very interesting research.
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It is possible for a horse to founder on oats - just very rare and you wold have to go really overboard with the amount that gets fed.
More likely you would get other symptoms first - the excess protein would start to cause problems in other areas before you get laminitis
I am a real fan of feeding oats - I know oats get a bad rap - but I am aware that more horses now are sugar intolerant so you have to be careful.
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