Horse Diseases – Pasture Associated Laminitis

Do you prefer to pasture your horses? Are you knowledgeable about the potential laminitis issues associated with keeping your horse in a pasture? Whether you own a boarding facility, pasture your own horses, or are a responsible horse owner, it is important to know about the horse diseases that your horse can potentially get.  This course can improve your knowledge about pasture associated laminitis, to allow your horse to live a happier and healthier life in the pasture. 

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What do the sensitive and insensitive laminae do in the horse's hoof?

The insensitive laminae and the sensitive laminae intermesh together to hold the hoof wall to the coffin bone. The sensitive laminae are filled with nerves and blood vessels that help support the horse’s lower leg and hoof.

Laminitis, an inflammation of the laminae, results from the disruption of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae within the foot. When this occurs, the union between the hoof and the laminae can separate, and in severe cases the coffin bone can …

Is there a recommended weight for a 12 hh (hands high) pony. We have a Section A Welsh Pony, and I need to keep an eye on his weight as he has suffered from laminitis in the past. He is currently around 300 to 310 kg in weight. Is this about right for him? He is exercised around three to four times a week.

The best recommendation we have on the ideal weight of any horse or pony is to evaluate its body condition score. If the animal is prone to laminitis, you certainly do not want it to be too fat. Most recommend the body condition score to be around 5 and certainly no higher than 6. HorseQuest has a piece on how to determine body condition score. It has examples of the various condition scores, as well as descriptions of what an …