• Limit the amount of starch and sugar your horse consumes per day to under 10 per cent, and similarly protein which shouldn't exceed 12 per cent. 
  • Avoid feeding raw starch. Bruising or crushing feed does not improve its digestibility, but micronizing (cooking) does.
  • Consider fibre alternatives such as sugar beet, alfalfa, soya hulls and oat hay which offer good volatile fatty acid (VFA) proportions, with sugar beet giving the lowest lactic level.
  • Avoid high intakes of fructans. We know about spring grass, but short winter grass can contain higher levels, because fructans are stored at the base of the grass stem. Consider fertilising your pastures as growth stimulation will deplete fructans and 'dilute' protein levels per unit grown.
  • Feed products recommended for laminitics as these have been researched to help maintain the correct hindgut environment, ensuring harmful bacteria won't grow.

To find out more about caring for a laminitic, don't miss our feature on laminitis (p78) in the May issue of Horse magazine, on sale now.

For more information on feeding laminitics, please contact British Horse Feeds on (01765) 680 300, or visit: www.britishhorsefeeds.com