Would you notice the signs of Laminitis before your horse became lame? Some good advice posted by Loch Leven Equine Practice on their Facebook page this week (see below). There’s a much higher chance of a good recovery if you spot the symptoms of Laminitis before obvious lameness shows up and react accordingly. Obviously even better would be to manage diet and lifestyle appropriately and avoid the problem altogether. If you do find that need to restrict grass, then Eazigrazer can provide essential grazing behaviour that will keep your horse happy in the meantime. It also makes soaking hay a much easier task!
“We know how desperate everyone has been to see some sunshine and whilst our horses are loving the grass that is finally coming through, please can everyone be vigilant for signs of laminitis. Not all horses present as being very lame, some may be lying down, sweating or puffing and panting or may just look a bit sore turning.
Keeping a record of their weight and body condition is important for our good doers. We have weigh scales at the clinic which clients are very welcome to come and use or we can provide weigh tapes to help monitor weight.
Checking for digital pulses is also a good way to check for inflammation in the foot and you can keep an eye to see if your horse is sore walking on stoney ground or when you turn them in a small circle around you.
If you are at all worried please give us a call at the office….we are always very happy to have a chat with you if you are worried.”