What Food can you give to horses with Laminitis
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?
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?
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.
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
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
More info here http://www.laminitisclinic.org/Expla...hapter%206.pdf
Thanks clava that will be a great help x
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.
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! :)
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