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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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How I Convinced My Clients To Use Grazing Muzzles

Posted by Rebecca Wyatt on

How I Convinced My Clients To Use Grazing Muzzles

One of the biggest challenges of my career as a farrier was convincing horse owners that their horses should lose weight before they foundered. If you’ve worked with foundered or laminitic horses, you know how challenging it can be for you, the horse, and the owner. It’s heartbreaking to watch a horse suffer needlessly; it’s one reason many of us chose this profession. Rehabilitating horses is rewarding, but most of us would prefer to prevent equine diseases like founder and laminitis in the first place! Don't wait for a horse to founder before trying a grazing muzzle. Excuses ranged from...

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