Vet Claire Hodgson explains the commons signs of laminitis to help you catch the disease early…
Pain in the feet is the main sign of laminitis – the degree of pain show can vary from case to case. Some horses demonstrate mild pain, shown as a reluctance to walk forward normally on rough or uneven ground. Others shift their weight as they stand or are reluctant to life their feet or walk and turn in right circles.
Severe cases are unable to move at all and are seen lying down frequently. A horse may also show that he’s in pain by an increased breathing rate and sometimes you will see signs that are more usually associated with colic – sweating and lying down, for example.
Vets grade laminitic pain using the Obel System:-
To read more about laminitis, check out the full article in the May issue of Horse magazine.
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