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Learn to spot the early signs of laminitis in horses

Posted by Liv Gude on

Learn to spot the early signs of laminitis in horses

Laminitis is a potentially fatal and maddeningly-sneaky medical condition affecting the feet of horses. There are three major reasons why we refer to laminitis as a “sneaky” disease: Laminitis is a secondary condition with vague symptoms. As a secondary condition, it has a bewildering range of causes. Development is erratic and flare-ups are unpredictable. When a horse develops laminitis, the signs are often subtle. Since laminitis can arise from any number of underlying causes, it can also be difficult to pinpoint and diagnose. One of its most insidious features is its unpredictability. While overindulging on lush, sweet spring grass is...

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What causes laminitis in horses?

Posted by Liv Gude on

What causes laminitis in horses?
What causes laminitis in horses? There are a number of contributing factors, overload, inflammation, metabolic issues, and physical trauma among them. Laminitis tends to be a secondary condition arising from a variety of sources, so we'll guide you through the most common.

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What is equine laminitis? How does it affect horses?

Posted by Liv Gude on

What is equine laminitis? How does it affect horses?
When laminitis starts to set in, there is decreased blood flow to the laminae tissue, causing the tissue to swell and elongate. This puts pressure on all of the internal structures of the hoof. It’s not long before this swelling becomes quite painful for a horse.

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Why Do Farriers Recommend Grazing Muzzles for Their Equine Clients?

Posted by Rebecca Wyatt on

Why Do Farriers Recommend Grazing Muzzles for Their Equine Clients?
Part blacksmith, part vet, a farrier must master a range of skills to properly treat and service equine hooves. Farriers also have to be as good at managing people as they do horses. One farrier discusses how a grazing muzzle can be a proactive means to avoiding laminitis, founder, and other hoof health problems that farriers face on a daily basis.

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