Preventing Laminitis In Horses: A Practical Guide To Decreasing The Risk Of Laminitis (Founder) In Your Horse Richard A. Mansmann

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Preventing Laminitis In Horses:  A Practical Guide To Decreasing The Risk Of Laminitis (Founder) In Your Horse  by  Richard A. Mansmann

Preventing Laminitis In Horses: A Practical Guide To Decreasing The Risk Of Laminitis (Founder) In Your Horse by Richard A. Mansmann
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Laminitis, or founder, is a potentially devastating foot condition that can affect any horse or pony. In this informative booklet, the authors begin by explaining the events that lead to laminitis-breakdown of the bond between the hoof wall and the pedal (or coffin) bone-and why this condition can have such serious and long-lasting consequences. Although laminitis is a complex condition, the authors describe the process using simple terms and helpful diagrams. The text is further enhanced by boxes containing additional explanations, related items of interest, and particularly important pieces of information.

The second section discusses the various causes and contributing factors-conditions or situations that can cause laminitis or increase the potential for it to occur. These factors include diet (lush pasture, excess grain), body condition (overweight, cresty neck), breed (ponies, Morgans, donkeys, Thoroughbreds), age (over 15 years), activity level (inactivity, occasional strenuous exercise, exhaustion, concussion), various diseases, drugs and toxins (cortisone, black walnut, selenium, fescue), the horses history (previous laminitis, stress), various foot problems, and shoeing.

The authors explain why each of these factors may increase a horses laminitis risk.As the authors note, many of the possible causes of laminitis can be foreseen, and therefore prevented. This is the basis of the third section, which discusses management strategies aimed at decreasing a horses laminitis risk.

The advice is a solid combination of science and horsemanship. For example, the section on Dietary Management provides some practical suggestions for limiting access to lush pasture, such as restricting turnout time, using a grazing muzzle, and fencing off part of the pasture. At the same time, the authors show how the riskiest time for a laminitis-prone horse to be on lush pasture is between late morning and late afternoon, based on fructan (soluble carbohydrate) levels in the grass.

The chart on estimating your horses ideal body weight, using a simple measurement of his hoof size, is a useful supplement to the section on weight management.The booklet finishes with a page on assessing your horses laminitis risk, based on the number of risk factors that apply to your horse, and a page of emergency care instructions if you suspect your horse has laminitis. Rather than taking an alarmist approach to the topic, the authors present the information in a matter-of-fact way and offer sensible advice for decreasing a horses laminitis risk.

This short book contains a wealth of information that will help you protect your horse or pony from this disease.



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