Laminitis

lf your horse or pony is putting on weight. neck hardness is increasing or tail/rump profile is chanqinq then reduce access to grazing and reduce bucket feed immediately and increase work load. Hay and feed levels should be adjusted according to the quality and quantity of grass available in the paddock Rain following a drought will lead to a flush of grass at any time in the spring, summer or autumn and this grass will tend to be higher in proteins and fructans (natural grass sugars) which are known to be a trigger mechanism for the onset of laminitis. Being alert to any sign of foot discomfort or lameness in one or both front feet, particularly if the affected equine tend to 'sit back' on its hind quarters and 'points' its front feet trying to take the weight off one or both lfth s happens, il there is no obvious cause, call your farrier out at once to check the feet and, once his advice has been given, bring in your veterinary surgeon if this is necessary Do not delay in bringing in these profesionals; laminitis can, and does, kill if not dealt with at the earliest possible opportunity.

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