Leading equine charity Redwings has released a series of myth-busting leaflets to help educate owners about laminitis.
A leading equine charity has released a series of myth-busting leaflets to help educate owners about laminitis.
According to Redwings Horse Sanctuary, around 90% of laminitis cases are actually caused by one of two underlying conditions – equine Cushing’s disease or equine metabolic syndrome.
And now the sanctuary has produced a new set of laminitis leaflets to try to bust the myths surrounding this often-misunderstood and painful disease.
Good weight management can help prevent equine metabolic syndrome, and while equine Cushing’s disease is neither preventable nor curable, affected horses can be carefully managed to prevent episodes of laminitis.
Redwings vet Roxane Kirton said: “The pain of laminitis has been likened to ripping off your toenail. It must always be treated as an emergency, and any episodes that are not treated properly can lead to permanent changes in the hoof.
She added: “Laminitis itself is shrouded in myths and confusion. ‘Walk it off’; ‘feel for a pulse’; ‘are the feet hot?’; ‘it only affects small fat native ponies’; ‘just a few days in a stable will fix it’. It’s time to bust the myths. None of these things are foolproof ways of detecting the disease, and in fact some of these ‘treatments’ could actually cause more damage to your horse’s feet in the long term.
“Research is ongoing, but recent research suggests most cases of laminitis are a sign of either equine Cushing’s disease or equine metabolic syndrome. We have produced a set of free leaflets to help horse owners understand these two conditions, as well as what to do if laminitis strikes and how to spot its often-subtle symptoms.”
- The Redwings laminitis leaflets are free and can be ordered by emailing the Redwings welfare team on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 01508 481008.