Your veterinarian or a local extension agent can help you locate a suitable facility and understand the results. Testing your grass periodically throughout the year, in different seasons and climatic conditions, can help you identify patterns in the fructan levels in your pasture.
You may need to use a grazing muzzle to limit his intake during peak periods of grass growth or, if your horse is especially vulnerable, the only safe form of turnout may be in a year-round dry lot. Cool-season grasses and hays, such as fescue, rye and bluegrass, tend to be higher in sugar than warm-season grasses such as Bermuda or switchgrass.
An all-hay diet with a low-calorie ration balancer or a vitamin and mineral supplement is safest for a horse whose NSC intake must be closely controlled. Manage body weight.
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If a horse is overweight, taking steps through both diet and exercise to take off the extra pounds can improve his insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of metabolic laminitis. Inflammatory laminitis is less common than pasture-associated, but the cases tend to be faster acting, intensely painful and more severe acute. Within days, a horse can progress to complete separation of the coffin bone from the hoof wall. Prevent starch overloads. If any horse eats more starch or sugars than his stomach can digest all at once, the excess nutrients pass into the intestine and hindgut, where they ferment and produce byproducts that trigger inflammation in the gut wall and ultimately can lead to laminitis.
If your horse needs a lot of calories to maintain his weight, break up his ration into as many small meals as you can manage to feed him throughout the day so that he never consumes too much at once. Feeding hay first, and then the grain, can fill his stomach with fiber, which will slow the grain down so it can be digested more thoroughly. Better yet, if you need a high-energy feed, look for one that provides more calories from fat than from starches.
Make dietary changes gradually. Avoid black walnut shavings in bedding. Simply standing on wood shavings that contain as little as 20 percent black walnut Juglans nigra wood can induce acute laminitis within eight hours. Because this threat is well known, bedding products made for horses are almost certainly free of black walnut shavings. Black walnut wood has a dark brown color that stands out against lighter woods. Watch for laminitis when treating other illnesses. If your horse develops a serious septic illness, laminitis will be only one of your worries.
The prognosis for recovery from acute laminitis depends heavily on how early treatment begins. You want to intervene and slow or halt the progress of the disease before the coffin bone rotates away from the hoof wall. Take care of the "good" hoof. If your horse sustains a serious leg injury, your veterinarian and farrier will work with you to support and protect the uninjured one as well, with wraps or Styrofoam supports underneath the sole.
Be sure to follow any instructions your veterinarian offers for the uninjured leg as well as for the other, and be on alert for early signs of heat and pain. Keep up with regular hoof trims. Overgrown or unbalanced hooves are another source of mechanical strain on the laminae. The long-toe, low-heel configuration increases the constant downward pull of the coffin bone so that even minor laminitis episodes can develop catastrophic detachments.
Go easy on hard footing. But horses who are already experiencing low-grade laminitis may be prone to more serious laminitic failure after working on pavement or hardened ground. When you do encounter pavement or hard, rocky footing, stick to a walk. Behavioral Problems. Medications and Drugs.
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