Remember:

  • ALWAYS consult your vet and farrier

  • Prevention is better and easier than cure

  • Management is key in preventing laminitis

  • Any size, breed or aged horse can get laminitis

  • Even slim horses can get laminitis

Top Tips:

  • Never starve your horse, even if weight loss is needed. Long periods without food can lead to gut ulcers and even colic

  • If overweight soak their hay for 12 hours to get rid of any sugars (Always change water between soaks)

  • Use small holed hay nets to make hay last longer

  • Limit turn out time. Bringing in during the day if possible can help as grass is more sugary during the day from the sunlight

  • Introduce a feed balancer, this can help fill them without giving them extra calories

  • Exercise is very important! Even just a walk in hand keeps them moving and can aid in weight loss if needed

  • Use a weight tape regularly to keep an eye on your horses waistline 

Signs to look out for:

  • Weight gain

  • Difficulty turning

  • Pulses

  • Sore feet (footy)

  • Leaning back

  • Laying down more than normal