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    This article has been edited and approved by Karen Coumbe MRCVS, H&H’s veterinary advisor since 1991.
  • Laminitis is a year-round concern for horse owners, so find out how to recognise it and what to do if your horse is showing signs...

    Laminitis in horses: Signs | Diagnosis | Causes | Treatment | Prevention

    Laminitis is an inflammatory condition of the laminae within a horse’s feet – the tissues that attach the pedal bone to the hoof wall inside the hoof capsule. Horses and even more so ponies, will develop laminitis for many reasons, rather like people have headaches. Laminitis occurs when the sensitive laminae within each foot become inflamed, but they are unable to swell since they are restricted by the structure of the hoof. This leads to the horse feeling extreme pain and adopting the classic leaning back on the heels posture in an attempt to relieve the pressure from the front of the hoof. In the most severe cases the horses will lie down as their feet are too painful to bear weight.

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