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LAMINITIS RECOVERY INFO

The big beautiful horse shown in the photo above is called Gandalf, and he is a testament on how well the approach below works to help horses recover from Laminitis. 


Gandalf was the first rescue horse to our horse rescue centre and arrived with pasture induced laminitis. It is through helping him and thousands of horses after him, to make full and life long recoveries from laminitis that has spurred us on to share this approach to help others with their laminitic horses. 


So we hope you will find the information below helpful to aid in a full recovery for your horse too.   


However, we do advise that this is an approach to the whole horse, so picking some bits to use and avoiding others will not lead to success. Therefore we strongly recommend for you use this as a whole approach to your horse in order to help them to achieve a full recovery in the shortest possible timeframe.


LAMINITIS RECOVERY PLAN

Please see the previous page for grass management advice

STEP 1-Call your EQUINE VET-try not to use other types of vets such as small animal vets or farm vets if possible, as their knowledge in this area is often lacking, which can make a big difference to the outcome of recovery for your horse. We also advise blood tests are taken whilst your vet attends, to check for Equine Metabolic Conditions such as Insulin Resistance, Cushings & EMS etc....


STEP 2-Remove the horse from ALL green grass and growing plant matter immediately.


STEP 3-Feed ad lib meadow hay from a slow feed haynet 24/7-rinsing in water can reduce sugars further to reduce inflammation, so if you suspect your hay is not low sugar then please do this. Please do not feed Lucerne products such as damp forages, or Lucerne hay, or any baleage, silage or haylage, as these items can be highly inflammatory and for horses suffering with laminitis, it is critical to try to reduce as much inflammation within the body as possible.

 

STEP 4-Give the anti-inflammatory bucket feed below to help heal the horse and repopulate the good bacteria in the digestive system.


STEP 5-Provide a soft standing area such as sand or even soil, and/or padded hoof boots


STEP 6-Provide anti inflammatory pain relief in the form of Bute (Phenylbutazone) initially and then we use Devils Claw, as we have found that it is easier on the stomach (please see our equine remedies page) 


STEP 7-Provide a light non invasive hoof trim carried out by a professional barefoot trimmer weekly-fortnightly to reduce hoof pressure. Please take care not to over trim as this can make matters much worse-in our experience working with severely neglected rescue horses even horses with terribly neglected hooves should to be trimmed back gradually to reduce the risk of founder and further soreness and suffering. Little and often is our motto for trimming. 


STEP 8-PLEASE DO NOT RETURN THE HORSE TO GRASS FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AT LEAST OR THEY WILL RELAPSE! AND THE NEXT TIME IT MIGHT BE FATAL.

ANTI INFLAMMATORY BUCKET FEED-THESE INGREDIENTS THAT MAKE UP THIS FEED BELOW HELPS TO HEAL YOUR HORSE WITH ANTI INFLAMMATORY INGREDIENTS GIVEN IN THE HORSE'S FOOD;


Give the following bucket feed 1-2 times per day in addition to ad lib low sugar meadow hay, in order to achieve balanced glucose levels, as well as to aid in recovery and reduce inflammation.


Divide the amounts up and spread over the whole day's feed if using with multiple feeds per day: 


Big scoop of meadow chaff per feed-this can be given generously as it is very low sugar and is safe to use as long as it is lucerne and clover free.  


1 cupful (100-250g max per day per horse) of ground flaxseed or linseed (they are the same thing) or flaxseed/linseed meal, or flakes or pellets


50ml of cold pressed flaxseed oil-max per day


30g Natural Horse Equi Protect


30g Natural Horse Premium Mineral/Vitamin Formula


1 heaped teaspoon of non bleached, non processed salt


A capful of cider vinegar including mother-around 10ml-add to water below


Add a cup of water and mix well


You can also add the recommended dose rates of liquid devils claw to help with inflammation as a great alternative to using bute which can be very hard on the stomach.


The amounts shown above are for a full size 15-16h horse-please adjust to suit your size of horse or email us if you are not sure at [email protected]


You can add up to 500g of plain rice bran pellets per day or if your horse needs more low sugar food to maintain weight, (please do not use beet pulp products as despite what some packets may claim we have not found it to help laminitic horses) though this diet will work on 9 out of 10 horses without any extras.


Feed ad lib meadow hay from a slow feeder haynet 24/7


Provide clean drinking water at all times


If at all possible provide your horse another horse companion to stay either with them or nearby to help reduce stress during his or her recovery time, and allow him/her to stand on a soft surface of shavings, sand, or even soft soil can be used for best results. 


Please note that we do not support the use of metal shoes to assist with the recovery of laminitic horses as we have found fixed metal shoes can make matters much worse by reducing the healing effects of the horse having a good circulation, which can be aided by the use of improved and more modern hoof protection in the form of flexible and well padded hoof boots. Which can be found on our other pages.

The information on this website is intended to offer you written support and should not replace the advice of a registered equine veterinarian for your horse.

Natural Horse NZ will not be responsible for the incorrect use of this advice or products, as you are responsible for you and your equines safety so please follow the instructions and only use any items or advice in the recommended way.