Treatment and prevention

To prevent laminitis and enhance the chances of recovery, the primary causes of the diseases will have to be eliminated effectively. Facilitative causes and complications need to be thoroughly addressed. Correct trimming is essential for the horse to move properly, possibly supported by hoof protection. Additionally, many kind of medications, supplements and therapies are available to aid the healing process.

Treatment and prevention

Tenotomy and desmotomy

Tenotomy, the division of the deep digital flexor tendon and desmotomy, the cutting of the check ligament, are procedures that aim to eliminate the rotation of the coffin bone. The purpose of this type of surgery is to remove the…
Living conditionsTreatment and prevention

Prevention of laminitis

Horses at risk Prevention begins with determining whether your horse belongs to a risk group. In that case, all the following information deserves extra attention. Risk groups: ‚ Welsh, Exmoor, Shetland and New Forest ponies, cobs, Appaloosas and Icelandic horses…
Treatment and prevention

Empathy and positive reinforcement

‚For you, this might be the two hundred and fiftieth case of laminitis. For your client, it is often a first time confrontation that concerns their dearly beloved horse. Never loose your empathy. An overly theoretical explanation of what is…
Living conditionsTreatment and prevention

Soaking hay

Water-soluble carbohydrates (WSC), can be partly removed from hay (and beet pulp) by soaking and rinsing. Approximately 50% of the WSC drain out in one hour’s time. Soaking for longer is not more effective. However, rinsing in larger volumes of…
Living conditionsTreatment and prevention

Direction instead of goal

Unfortunately we can not offer our horse the living conditions it deserves. Deciding to keep a horse means limiting the freedom and options of the horse by definition. We ride them, have limited space, time and resources available and are never…
Treatment and prevention

Stem cell transplant

Epidermal cells are constantly being renewed. This process, called epidermal regeneration, also takes place in the hoof. It is part of normal growth and repair of the hoof wall. The germinal layer of the epidermis contains stem cells, that generate…
Treatment and prevention

Cold therapy

Cold therapy would be very useful in the developmental phase when no symptoms are visible yet. In the acute phase cold therapy can also be used as a first aid measure. Some benefits of cold therapy Decreased metabolism in the…
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