Grazing Management

In the management of a laminitic horse or pony there are various methods that may be used to restrict grazing and offer a suitable quality of life for the equine.  Horses are naturally herd animals who need companionship and access to roam pastures in order to remain healthy.  In order Read more…

Forage for Laminitics

Is Alfalfa Suitable for Laminitics ? Alfalfa is a fibre product produced from a type of grass known as Lucerne Grass. It is high in protein and naturally low in sugar and starch. However, research has shown that it may cause laminitis in horse that are Insulin Resistant ( Getty, Read more…

Feeding for Weight Gain

Feeding for Weight Gain In some cases the laminitic prone horse or pony may require feeding for weight gain. This can be the case in many cases of PPID (Cushings) related laminitis or the aged horse.  When it is necessary to feed a higher calorie diet in order to maintain Read more…

Feeding for Weight Loss

Feeding for Weight Loss In many cases of metabolic laminitis, particularly when related to EMS, obesity is a key factor. In these cases it is imperative to reduce the weight and aim for a healthy weight with an ideal body condition score of 4 to 6 (Using the Henneke body Read more…

Grass Sugars Defined

Grass – Fructans in Grass Fructan levels in grass vary according to the time of year as well as the time of day. During times of rapid growth in spring and autumn fructan levels are high. They are particularly high when it is sunny during the day and cold at Read more…

Understanding Equine Digestion

Digestion: The Digestive Tract                    In order to understand the nutritional requirements of the laminitic horse, it is firstly necessary to understand the digestive tract  in terms of structure and function.   The horse is a mono-gastric mammal, meaning one stomach. Image 2: The Digestive Tract (Unknown, 2015) Stomach  – The Read more…

Aetiology of Laminitis

Laminitis Defined Laminitis is a term to describe lameness with characteristics including a bounding digital pulse, heat in the feet and pain especially in the region of the toe. This cause of lameness  results in the horse ‘rocking back onto the heels’ in order to attempt to alleviate the pain Read more…

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