Be Vigilant For Laminitis
Be vigilant for laminitis is the message that is being sent out by our Vets and farriers.
There has been an unusually high level of laminitis recently.
Vets and farriers are asking us to be on our guard for laminitis and are calling for us to be honest with ourselves about our horses weight so that we can take action if weight loss is needed.
We need to be vigilant about laminitis all year round. Laminitis is not a seasonal disease.
Naturally in the wild horses and ponies would use their fat reservs during the winter months to ensure survival when the temperature drops and their is not much grass, resulting in weight loss.
Which is the ideal way to head into the Spring and Summer months.
Signs To Look Out For
Reluctance to move.
Shifting weight from one foot to another.
Standing like a ‘rocking horse’ or leaning backwards, putting more weight on the heels.
Heat in the feet.
A bounding pulse can often be felt at fetlock level.
How can you prevent laminitis
The most important thing is to not allow your pony to become overweight. You should be able to feel your horses ribs easily and your horse should not have a crest.
If possible get your horse weighed regularly and use a weight tape.
Watch out all year round for sudden flushes of grass, and don’t be off guard in the autumn.
Keep your pony’s feet regularly trimmed.
We have regular welfare visits from the BHS who bring their horse scales with them so that we can weigh our horses. This is a great service as we can keep a regular eye on our horses weight.
To read all about our special visits do see our news post.