Laminitis doesn’t just strike in spring, and it’s really common in autumn, too. The warm, wet weather we often get at this time of year makes the grass grow lush and sugary. So, not only is it extra-tasty for your pony, eating too much could put him at an increased risk of laminitis, too. To help protect him and keep him healthy, it’s really important that you learn as much as you can about the condition.
Spot the signs
You should be super-vigilant for any signs of laminitis, so you can get your pony the right help straightaway. Look out for…
- a pottery walk, where he’s taking shorter steps than usual
- leaning back on his hind feet, to take the weight off his front feet
- shifting his weight from one foot to the other
- lying down more often than usual
- the outside of his hooves feeling much hotter than normal
- a strong, throbbing digital pulse
Did you know?
As well as being a sign of laminitis, a strong digital pulse can mean your pony has a hoof abscess.
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