My Horse Forum
These are a few x-rays of an arab mare that had a pretty bad bought of laminitis. The first few she was kept barefoot, and doing fairly well but in May she went down hill fast, that was when I took over the farrier care and added shoes, and frog and sole support, it may be difficult to really see but look at the way the boney column lines up. Forget about the dorsal hoofwall and just look at the boney column.
I hope this clears some stuff up
Laminitis is only second to colic as a killer of horses. It is a disease NOT to be taken lightly.
laminal detachment due to ischemia (interruption of blood flow)
Horses do not stand on their feet, but are in fact, suspended within them. Laminae attach the bones of the hoof to the inner hoof wall. When laminitis strikes, blood supply is diminished to the laminae causing them to die off and loose their hold on the pedal bone. Once that bond has begun to break down, the bone will begin to rotate down and fall through the sole of the hoof. Once rotation has begun, this is called Founder. Should the pedal bone fall through the sole, this is called Sinker. Laminitis is the disease, founder and sinker are what follows if the condition is not immediately and correctly treated. Unfortunately, in some cases, there is just no stopping it.
Known causes of laminitis and resulting founder:
Grazing on lush grass
What is your cowboy or cowgirl nickname?
Mine is Karen "Coldbranded" lol
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