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Caution! Grass that's high in simple sugars and starches can trigger a laminitis attack in sensitive horses!

For me, the first sign of spring is not seeing a bluebird, it is getting that first panicky phone call of the year from a horse owner, asking for help with a laminitic horse.

That happened yesterday, so be warned and take preventive action if your horse may be prone to laminitis from spring grass! A soaking rain, followed by unseasonably warm weather, is providing perfect conditions for the grass to grow like crazy here in the Tennessee Valley.

If you suspect your horse may be at risk, the time to act is NOW! Limit or remove access to green, growing grass before you have a problem. Just because a horse didn’t suffer a laminitis attack last year, doesn’t mean he’s safe this year.

Breeds at risk for insulin resistance and grass founder/laminitis include:

  • pony breeds
  • mini horses
  • donkeys
  • mules
  • Morgans
  • Arabians
  • Mustangs
  • Tennessee Walking Horses
  • Spotted Saddle Horses
  • Paso Finos
  • Peruvian Pasos
  • other gaited breeds
  • American Saddlebreds
  • APHA Paints
  • baroque breeds (PRE, Friesian, Lipizzaner, Lusitano)

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X-Ray of a foundered horse hoofWatch the live webinar on endocrine laminitis this afternoon, or view an archived version if you miss the original broadcast of The Laminitis Revolution.

“British veterinary surgeon David Rendle, from the Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire, England, will discuss how the veterinary profession’s understanding of laminitis has been revolutionized in recent years and provide useful tips to help you manage this debilitating disease.”

Learn more about laminitis, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, and Cushing’s disease at the Talk About Laminitis website.

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Foundered hoof with casting material and packing

Preventive treatments cryotherapy and supporting at-risk hoofs with packing and casting are featured in an article about laminitis in the ‘Daily Racing Form’:

Vets Gain Ground against Disease Suffered by Paynter and Barbaro

“Veterinarians don’t just look to the foot when tackling laminitis. They carefully consider the underlying cause and then try to stabilize that cause, Orsini said. And today, they are applying therapies aggressively to at-risk horses, not just to those showing acute signs of laminitis, said Dr. Bryan Fraley, a farrier and veterinarian whose Fraley Equine Podiatry is affiliated with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky.

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Mustangs from American WestInterested in feral horse hoofs as a model for the domestic horse?

Check out this post from Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog, featuring links to a video and 46-page research report from researchers Chris Pollitt and Brian Hampson – detailing their work with and findings about the hoofs of brumbies – the feral horses of Australia.

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X-Ray of a foundered horse hoofLaminitis Lessons: A Webinar for Every Horse Owner

with Don Walsh, DVM

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 25 at 9:00 p.m. CST

Did you miss the live webinar broadcast? You can view a recorded video here.

As the spring grass begins to sprout under your horse’s hooves, you may have many questions about laminitis. “Is my horse at risk for laminitis?” “How could laminitis affect my horse’s health?” Don Walsh, DVM, will answer these questions and more in a laminitis webinar for every horse owner.

During the webinar, Dr. Walsh will answer these questions:

How can you tell if your horse is at risk for laminitis?
How does laminitis become a fatal disease?
What are the facts of spring-grass-laminitis and the role of insulin resistance?
Is there any new research on laminitis?
…and many more!

Register Now

A veterinarian who specializes in laminitis and founder, Don Walsh, DVM is the founder and president of Animal Health Foundation. AHF is an organization that seeks to understand and prevent laminitis-founder complex in horses by funding research and educating horse owners about the disease.

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