Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Protein does not cause laminitus.
Id also suspect a mild case of laminitus from hind gut acidosis from a large amount of grain being given and passing partially undigested through the small intestine to the large. The large is NOT made to digest starches, it digest fiber. Its almost 100% the cause if the information we have been given is accurate. He would possibly have bruising from the laminitus BTW and he does appear to have thin flat soles probably caused by poor nutrition and environment.
If you feed this horse reasonably and stay away from alot of starch and cereal grains, he should be just fine and no more prone to get laminitus again than any average horse provided there are no other predisposing metabolic triggers like cushings or IR etc. Feed him appropriately and forage would be my go to choice along with a ration balancer. Id feed 10 lbs of alfalfa and free choice hay along with 2 lbs of TCs ration balancer. Triple Crown is great stuff. If you feel the need to feed a hard feed also, Triple Crown SR is amazing.
Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)