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post #1 of 9 Old 12-13-2010, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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Question Tips on how to keep the Laminitis away?

Hello,
My friend first pony is prone to Laminitis. And obvusly she doesn't want her to get it. (plus the vet bills would hit the roof!)

She has restricted grazing, feeding her feeds for her hoofs.

She doesnt get ridden that much because shes a bit of a pain!

but can anyone give any more tips on how to keep it away?

Thank you!
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-13-2010, 08:22 AM
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What do you mean she's prone? She's had it before?
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-13-2010, 08:49 AM
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Hi,

What/how much is 'restricted grazing'? What is the 'food for her hoofs'? What else does the horse get to eat? How is she managed? How much exercise does she get? Is she overweight? Regarding her 'being a pain' to ride, that may well be because she's in pain.

Check out safergrass.org hoofrehab.com feedXL.com for starters. Looking up 'paddock paradise' and How does pasture cause lamintis? http://www.dodsonandhorrell.com/file...aflet_2010.pdf are some of many other sources of info.

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When she is on grass, have her use a grazing muzzle.

Make sure the hay she is feed is a low-sugar hay. Check out the web site Safer Grass - A Resource for Equine Forage Nutrition

Her feeds should be very low-starch and low-sugar. It's best to have her on almost no feed at all. Use a vit/min supplement to make up for any deficiencies in her diet.

There are also supplements on the market geared toward lamanitic or metabolic horses that will help them process sugars in their diet. Something like this may be beneficial. Most have high magnesium and chromium. Here are a few:
Quiessence - Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine
D-Carb Balance - Equine Metabolic Supplements from SmartPak Equine
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mbender, prone does mean that she has had it before and is more likely to get it again. Obviously any horse can get lamititis, its just a term which is used.
loosie, the mare is kept in a little paddock with little feed, the hoof feed which she uses is called Happy Hoof and is a chaff substance. I think she has that and I suppose some oats or pony nuts. She is over weight, and by a pain to ride I mean is very strong and nappy and generally hard to ride. The mare gets lunged a couple of times a week but not very often.
luvs2ride1979, Thank you! I will have a look at those products and suggest them to her!
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Hi again,

I would definitely cut out any grain & pony nuts. Happy hoof seems fine, and I would look to improve her nutrition with a good quality supplement or (grain & sugar free)ration balancer.

Unfortunately 'little paddock with little feed' is a very relative statement. I would be allowing very little grazing of growing grass, either by restriction or muzzle but the horse still needs about 2% bwt in forage daily, so hay may be best option. Hay can also be soaked to further lower it's sugar content.

Normal 'turnout' usually means very little exercise, especially if the horse is alone in a little paddock. Exercise is also a big key regarding laminitis & weightloss. Especially if your friend can't exercise the horse more, a 'paddock paradise' type setup may be possible, &/or keeping the horse with company to motivate movement.
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Aren't pony nuts just hay pellets?
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Aren't pony nuts just hay pellets?
Oh, OK, if they are, they may be fine. Grain based pelleted feed is often called 'nuts', so that's what I was thinking of.
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This pony is overweight and that is the biggest risk factor for repeated and more serious bouts of laminitis.

I cannot imagine why she needs any grain at all. She should get limited amounts of a low sugar grass hay. It would be best if it was tested for the amount of non-structured carbohydrates in it. equestrian-supply.us is a great site to explain all of that.

She needs more exercise and getting her lean and fit would be the greatest thing anyone could do for her. It would probably make her easier to train and ride, also. Thick necked and horses that are heavy on their front ends all ride like a pain and are a lot more difficult to train, expecially if they have a bad attitude.
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