Laminitis can affect all equines and is super-painful. Find out what you can do to help prevent it
Laminitis is an extremely painful condition that affects your pony’s hooves. There are loads of different factors that can cause laminitis, including obesity, hormones, concussion and eating too much rich grass. Luckily, there are a number of simple steps you can build into your management routine to help prevent the painful condition.
A weighty issue
If your pony’s overweight, it means he’s being fed more calories than he’s burning off. This causes him to carry extra fat on his body, which puts pressure on his internal organs, legs and hooves, and increases his risk of laminitis. You can help to keep him at a healthy weight by…
- weightaping him once a week to check he’s not gaining too much weight. If he is, you can increase his exercise or speak to an equine nutritionist about his diet
- feeding him only what he needs – most ponies are only in light work and don’t need a bucket feed. It’s more important that he’s getting the vitamins and minerals he needs, which means feeding a balancer is sometimes a better idea
- look for a high-fibre feed and avoid feeds high in sugar and starch. If you’re unsure, those marked as approved by The Laminitis Trust are a good place to start
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