Laminitis can be roughly divided into three phases. Each phase has its own clinical signs, which may or may not be immediately visible. The sooner the nature and severity of the disease and its underlying causes are identified, the better the horse’s chances of recovery.


Coffin bone and hoof capsule rotation

In the chronic phase of laminitis, the angle between the coffin bone and the hoof capsule changes: this change is due not only to the coffin bone tilting, but due also to rotation of the hoof capsule. Coffin bone rotation…
Anatomy & histologyDefinition

Subclinical and low-grade laminitis

A subclinical condition has no recognizable or measurable clinical manifestations. Oddly enough the term ‘subclinical laminitis’ is often being used to describe clearly visible, diagnosable signs of laminitis such as a stretched white line, a flaring hoof wall and laminitic…
DefinitionTheories and causes

Hypertrichosis or hirsutism?

Human medicine distinguishes between hypertrichosis and hirsutism. Both terms refer to a condition associated with excessive hair growth. Hirsutism is characterized by excessive hair growth in those parts of the body where hair normally is absent or minimal. In humans,…

Laminitis or founder or … ?

The terms laminitis and founder are often used as synonyms, however there is a difference between the two. 
The suffix -itis always refers to inflammation or infection. In this (etymological) case, an inflammation of the dermal lamellae during the acute…