Spring and the Laminitis-prone horse
My horse had a major laminitis attack 4 years ago (no rotation of the coffin bone though, so I don't consider him "foundered"), and judging by his hooves when I got him in the fall, he had some smaller attacks Spring of 2010.
This is my first spring with him, so I am insanely nervous and am trying to get some advice on what to do. When I got him (september), he was fatter than albert. He was an absolute pig. Supposedly, his previous owners only let him out on grass a few 5-15 minutes a day, and had him on Safe Choice feeds. He was also getting zero excersize.
Currently, he is in good condition, maybe a bit lighter than he could be, but definitely at a healthy weight. He gets about 10-15 lbs of hay per day, and I just switched him from Patriot grain to a balancer.. and he gets flax seed for coat condition. The green grass is starting to come up a tiny bit where he is now. I am about to move him to my house, and there is quite a bit more green (though not a whole lot because we have a calf lol). He will be getting moderate excersize. I am getting him into dressage training so he will be ridden 3-5 times per week, maybe more.
I'd like to hear your thoughts about what safe turnout would be. I have some smaller lots that I could put him in that have just a bit of grass if any.
They can get laminitis attacks just from the richness of the grass, they don't have to be overweight, right?
Thanks! I've been reading around but can't seem to decide the safest way to go about things.
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