Tag Archives: Laminitis

No Quick Fix for Laminitis Risk

It’s perfectly natural to want a silver bullet that will instantly remove the threat of devastating health problems like laminitis but it’s just not that simple.          The classical laminitis stance is something you never want to see. The latest … Continue reading

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Spring Grass Laminitis

Spring is the peak time for grass-associated laminitis in most parts of the world. You can effectively treat or, better yet, prevent it but only if you understand the mechanism. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Scott A fat pony is the … Continue reading

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Winter Laminitis

Frozen lumpy ground can make any horse look lame but if the horse has insulin resistance there may be more going on. Winter laminitis strikes with n0 change in diet or management.  The horse does not necessarily have a prior … Continue reading

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Fall Laminitis

There are many possible causes of laminitis but the vast majority of cases have a hormonal/endocrine root.  There is a peak in the spring, related to grazing young high sugar growths of grass.  A second peak occurs in the fall, … Continue reading

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Care of the Cushing’s Horse

Since the 1960s when reports of equine pituitary adenomas and their systemic consequences appeared in the literature, our understanding of Cushing’s disease (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or PPID) and the insulin resistance it causes has grown tremendously.  Despite this, there … Continue reading

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Spring Grass

Beautiful to look at, wonderful to smell and if you’re a horse there is nothing you would rather be eating and arguably nothing more natural you should be eating.  On the other hand, there are a few precautions. First, the … Continue reading

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How Stuff Works

For as long as I have been writing about horse health issues I’ve been told people just want to know what to do, not why.  I know this isn’t 100% true, and hope it’s actually much less than that.  To … Continue reading

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How Does Insulin Resistance Cause Laminitis?

It is now widely recognized and accepted that insulin resistance can cause laminitis.  Research has shown that it is the high insulin levels themselves that have this effect, even in normal horses that are experimentally infused with insulin.  The question … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Put the Fructan Theory to Rest

Despite the fact there is absolutely no proof that the level of grass fructan (levan) found in horse pastures and hays has ever caused laminitis, fructan continues to be touted as the cause of pasture laminitis.  Any mention of fructan … Continue reading

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Hormonal Laminitis is Different

There are many causes of laminitis, including dietary overloads, hormonal disruptions, toxic plants, severe intestinal disorders and bacterial infections.  It has been estimated that 80% or more of laminitis cases fall under the category of hormonal/endocrine pathologies but until recently … Continue reading

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