Laminitis is a disease that affects the feet of hooved animals (ungulates) and it is found mostly in horses and cattle. Clinical signs include foot tenderness progressing to inability to walk, inflammation, and increased temperature in the hooves. Laminitis is characterized by pain of the digital laminae of the hoof, and severe cases with outwardly visible clinical signs are known by the colloquial term founder.
Foot problems like laminitis are very unpredictable and mild changes in diet, such as pasture grass getting more “lush” with no reduction in grain intake or pasture grass turnout time, can influence the onset of laminitis.
We recommend taking the “Healthy Hoof Test” for your horses.
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