What Food can you give to horses with Laminitis
   

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

What Food can you give to horses with Laminitis

This is a discussion on What Food can you give to horses with Laminitis within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • Can you give laminitise ponies equine sugar beet pellets uk
  • Can you feed beet pulp to and easy keeper with cronic laminitis

Like Tree4Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-17-2013, 11:24 AM
  #1
Foal
What Food can you give to horses with Laminitis

Hi everyone
My loan horse has laminitis and I am nervous when I give him food because I don't know if it is suitable for a pony with his condition.
Can people with experience with this condition please let me know what they can and can not have, or how much of something is suitable.
P.S. Can they have original polos?
Xxx
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-17-2013, 12:19 PM
  #2
Trained
Katy Watts | Safergrass.org
Lots of articles in grass, hay, sugars etc.
Will get back with you later, horses are waiting
What is pony eating right now, what has been done so far, farrier, vet, living condition, how lame, if lame?
     
    07-17-2013, 12:22 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
If you mean Polos the sweets, then no that is not a suitable food.

Low sugar and low starch, soaked hay is a typical feed.
     
    07-17-2013, 01:03 PM
  #4
Foal
So far I've only been giving him a small handful of apple chaff with either a bit of water or a minuscule amount of sugar beet juice to wet it a bit. He is being worked every second day or so, mainly walk and a bit of trot at he moment to improv his fitness. He's rarely lame. Wears 4 shoes and his feet are in relatively good condition. He's a grass livery pony
     
    07-17-2013, 02:03 PM
  #5
Trained
Nothing sweet. No apple, no molasses, no candy. How is his body condition? Being on grass is not really good for him either, unless he's not the typical pony with cresty neck and general easy keeper qualities.
Clava can lead you to the right kind of treats/ feed, I'm not familiar with what is available in the UK
     
    07-17-2013, 02:08 PM
  #6
Super Moderator
Quote:
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Nothing sweet. No apple, no molasses, no candy. How is his body condition? Being on grass is not really good for him either, unless he's not the typical pony with cresty neck and general easy keeper qualities.
Clava can lead you to the right kind of treats/ feed, I'm not familiar with what is available in the UK
Allen and Page Fast Fibre, Dengie Hi -Fi Lite chaff, Happy Hoof (although that does have a tiny amount of molasses in it)

More info here http://www.laminitisclinic.org/Expla...hapter%206.pdf

http://www.dengie.com/pages/feed-adv...itis-guide.php
deserthorsewoman and MegzzKid like this.
     
    07-17-2013, 02:15 PM
  #7
Foal
Thanks clava that will be a great help x
     
    07-17-2013, 02:51 PM
  #8
Weanling
How is the pony's body condition? It would also help to know when he foundered, and if the vet knows why. Is he IR or Cushings? Did he get in a feed room?

The following advice assumes this pony is overweight and chronic/IR, something alongs those lines, as that's common with ponies:

In that case he should be getting 1.5-2% of his ideal body weight in grass hay, soaked and rinsed unless you know that the NSC level is low enough. This horse probably should not have access to pasture, or needs to use a grazing muzzle. He probably does not need any hard feeds, but needs a multivitamin or ration balancer since he cannot have pasture. Magnesium and chromium can sometimes help these horses, as can ground flax seed. I feed these in a small scoop of timothy grass pellets (about 1/2 lb).

Do not under any circumstance feed anything with molasses or sugar, corn, oats, or other grains. Not even treats. If you must give treats, I suggest hay cubes or special low NSC ones, like Skode's.
     
    07-20-2013, 08:26 AM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by MegzzKid    
Hi everyone
My loan horse has laminitis and I am nervous when I give him food because I don't know if it is suitable for a pony with his condition.
Can people with experience with this condition please let me know what they can and can not have, or how much of something is suitable.
P.S. Can they have original polos?
Xxx
You could try Nutrena Safe Choice. There are I think three different formulas, but I can't remember what each one is. Safe Choice is fed at my work for horses with laminitis, and for ones prone to it or have had small bouts of laminitis in the past.
     
    07-29-2013, 02:18 AM
  #10
Foal
From previous experience, feed as little sugar as you can. Soak your hay before feeding to remove sugars (the longer the better). Also after thoroughly researching it after having a horse of my own with laminitis a few years ago, we discovered the sugars in the grass are at much lower levels over night than they are during the day, so if you want to put him out on a bit of grass then it is better to put him out at night and keep him locked up during the day. We changed from feeding normal sugar beet to speedi beet (which is sugarless) with meadow chaff, and low GI feed. All of this worked very well for my horse, he completed a full season of competition with no problems whatsoever! Good luck! :)
     

Tags
food

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
One of my horses is very food aggressive with me HELP! poeandkie7 Natural Horsemanship 12 07-14-2013 07:11 PM
52 FREE horses needing homes ASAP. Next stop dog food:( HomerBoy Horses for Sale 3 08-01-2011 02:52 PM
Don't Allow Horses To Be Sold for Food depnewshound Horse Protection 16 01-01-2011 12:15 PM
Heart Bar Shoes for Laminitis horses Velvetgrace Horse Health 7 07-14-2009 11:17 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0