Laminitis In Horses
When we think about the saying "killing them with kindness," we do not think about our horses—One of the most common causes of laminitis is overfeeding. Unfortunately, laminitis is a somewhat common, recurring disease in not only horses, but donkeys and ponies as well. It is known to be more common in adult horses than it is in young horses.
This condition in horses can influence the pedal bone by rotating or submerging within the hoof under the horse's weight. In extreme cases, this can cause penetration of the pedal bone through the sole of the foot.
There are two types of Laminitis: Sinking Laminitis and Rotating Laminitis.
Sinking Laminitis is when the hoof wall and coffin bone disconnect, causing the coffin bone to sink downwards. There is a high chance of the coffin bone puncturing the sole of the hoof. The horse will possibly "walk out" of the hoof capsule entirely in the most severe cases concerning this specific type of condition.
Rotating Laminitis is when the hoof wall and the coffin bone separate from one another, and the coffin bone rotates within the foot.
The most frequent causes of laminitis are:
Black Walnut Shavings are a bedding that is harmful to horses. The inner parts of the wood of the black walnut shavings can be poisonous to your horse if exposed orally or topically. According to an article by Kentucky Equine Research®,"...Researchers believe that a toxin in black walnut shavings is absorbed through the coronary band and skin, causing alterations in normal blood flow to the hoof and leading to typical signs of laminitis, including pounding digital pulse, unwillingness to move, extreme lameness, depression, limb edema, and increased heart and respiratory rate. Like all cases of suspected laminitis, a veterinarian should be consulted immediately. Diagnostic tests, including radiography, will likely be performed, and a treatment plan will be established. Prognosis depends largely on length of exposure and speed of treatment..."
Prevention & Treatment:
With our horses, we want to make sure their hooves are adequately taken care of—Just like many of us are on our feet most the day, so are horses, and we need to make sure that their hooves are correctly taken care of (they bear a lot of weight!).
If you have a horse suffering from discomfort in their lower limbs, the Benefab® Antimicrobial Therapeutic VersiWraps will not only be comfortable for your horse, but will help ease lower leg pain. These VersiWraps harmonize bodily functions safely and naturally stimulating recovery time, promote blood circulation, increase oxygen flow, and ultimately, reduce pain and stiffness.
Equine stretches provide numerous benefits to horses, includingimproving their flexibility, preventing injuries, and enhancing their overall performance. Just like humans, stretching plays a key role in maintaining a horse's physical well-being. Horses, like any athlete, need aproper warm-up and cool-down regimen, which often includes a series of stretches. Integrating these stretches into a horse's daily routine can help maintain their suppleness, improve blood circulation, and reduce muscle tension.