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Laminitis is the inflammation of the tissue that attaches the hoof to the underlying coffin bone much like the tissue that attaches your finger nail to the underlying bone. Horsemen also call it founder although some people say that foundered horses must have changes within the hoof indicating a chronic state. I suppose you could differ between the two by saying “laminitis” is the active inflammation and “founder” is the effect of that inflammation such as rings on the hoof or coffin bone rotation.
There are four things that are clearly evident that every horse owner should know.
- Skinny horses DO NOT founder.
- Most horses that founder are insulin resistant.
- Depending on the severity of laminitis, a horse with founder will never be normal again.
- The ONLY effective treatment is ICE – for a week or more and administered immediately.
This video clearly discusses the general principles of laminitis.
More links regarding laminitis and protein deficiencyAfter viewing the material here, there are several other links to view. The importance of adding a variety of protein sources cannot be understated to develop a strong hoof to prevent the separation of the hoof from the underlying coffin bone.
There is also a HorseTalk™ webcast to view on Laminitis.
Laminitis in Horses – a HorseTalk™ Webcast
Chronic Protein Deficiency in Horses