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What is founder?

I am sure there is a word for it in my language but can't think of it.

What is founder and how do I prevent it?
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Originally Posted by Heleen Strydom View Post
I am sure there is a word for it in my language but can't think of it.

What is founder and how do I prevent it?
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There are many great articles online about laminitis/founder online. It is very painful and can be very detrimental for horses. It causes lameness and can range from mild to severe where the coffin bones actually penetrates the hoof and the horse has to be euthanized.

Founder can be caused from various things such as getting into a bag of grain, too much high impact such as road founder, or most commonly grass founder. Careful diet management working closely with your vet is key to prevention and treatment if necessary.
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There is a slight difference between laminitis and founder.

Founder is elevated laminitis. In a broad sense, you could liken it to a human catching a horrible cold/bronchitis that did not get tended to and it elevated into pneumonia

Here are two credible articles that may help you

The Two Phases of Laminitis: News: Kentucky Equine Research

Laminitis vs. Founder – America’s Horse Daily

The are also different types of founder:

1. Road founder is caused by riding a horse beyond a walk for lengthy periods of time on a hard surface such as a paved road.

2. Grain founder generally happens when the horse manages to get into the grain bin and eat at least 20 pounds of feed.

3. Grass founder generally happens when a horse is insulin sensitive (think Type II Diabetes in humans) and the grass fructans & starches from too many hours of grazing cause the horse's insulin to rise. The result is often inflammation inside the hoof.

It is this type of founder that requires a horse to be put on a grain-free diet and have limited or no pasture time. Much depends on the horse and its living conditions
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