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Prevention is the key, in saying that we will go over the causes and prevention of Laminitis. Grazing on lush green spring grass for instance can cause Laminitis.
Your horse gets into the feed room and gorges on too much feed, or you toss him some lawn clippings, pretty innocent stuff, but it may also be a cause for Laminitis or founder.
Would you think that excessive walking on concrete would cause Laminitis? Well, it most definitely will! How about hay! yep, hay, especially (fine stemmed hays) and too much hay per feeding can also cause Laminitis.
Your mare retains some membranes after birthing of her foal and guess what, it can cause Laminitis too.
Dietary changes can also cause Laminitis in your horse and therefore changes in their diet should be made gradually.
Ponies and thick crested horses are more susceptible to Laminitis than other horses, who would have thought!
Well we now know that there are a number of reasons that can and will cause Laminitis in the horse. The best remedy for this condition is prevention.
Good stable management and nutritional management will help prevent Laminitis. When that lush spring grass comes in, and your horse looks longingly across the fence, let him in to graze but, limit the time your pony or horse spends eating and gradually let him eat longer periods each day for a 2 week period.
Good all around horse management is the key to preventing Laminitis in our equine friends. I hope this article enlightens your understanding of laminitie and helps you to maintain your horse in good health.
Wishing you and your horse good health,
Written by Michele Anderson
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Latest research has shown that ponies and horses prone to, or recovering from laminitis, should not be starved, but can be assisted by nutritional support. As part of a restricted diet the ingredients specially incorporated into Lami-Light do just that and include magnesium, which is believed to have a direct effect on the vascular changes induced by high insulin. Lami-Light may be fed when your pony or horse is confined to his stable or on controlled grazing.
It is so palatable that it will encourage very sick animals to keep eating. Ponies and horses confined to their stables for longer periods may become calmer and less stressed when fed Lami-Light. If you suspect your pony or horse has laminitis, veterinary advice should be sought immediately. With increasing knowledge as to how and why this crippling condition occurs and the help of your vet and farrier - plus the part modern nutrition can play in recovery - your pony or horse now has a greater chance of continuing to lead a sound, active life.
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