Caring for horses in the spring comes with one big challenge - the lush pastures. While horses love them, spring time pastures are often associated with laminitis. As the days lengthen, the sun tells grasses and plants to rev up photosynthesis. This increases the starches, sugars, and fructans of grasses. The cool nights of spring also increase the starches, sugars, and fructans.
Ice Horse talks with Dr. James Orsini about laminitis risks, signs, and finding the cause.
How does the horse owner know a horse is developing laminitis? It’s critical to also understand the risk factors involved here, and laminitis has quite a few. Video included!
Laminitis isn’t the same for all horses, and a lot of that has to do with the reason that laminitis has occurred. What we do know is that there are lots of reasons for laminitis to affect a horse, and those reasons can be boiled down to four categories.
Laminitis is the most dreaded of all horse conditions - intense pain and often long lasting and tragic results. While we do know a lot about the causes of laminitis and ways to help the laminitis horse, there are also these amazing little tidbits of laminitis information that might just help your horse avoid laminitis all together.
Laminitis can happen at any time - although most cases happen in the spring and fall. Some studies have even found that laminitis happens more in the fall. Here are five things to remember about laminitis, your horse, and the changing seasons.
What’s the big deal about icing horse hooves?
If you have ever seen a horse with laminitis, you understand the agony and suffering that goes on. It’s horrible. Doing everything you can to prevent such a situation will help your horse have a better life! There are several situations that horses can find themselves in that warrant some ice therapy on their hooves as a preventive measure. All in the name of pain relief, reducing inflammation, and helping to prevent laminitis!
One of the most heartbreaking diseases that can happen to a horse is laminitis.
Laminitis is the inflammation of the laminae, which is the "velcro" that surrounds the hoof’s coffin bone and glues it to the hoof wall. Learn more about what to look for and some risk factors, as well.