As a professional hoof care provider you might think this list simply describes all the best practices that you employ on a daily basis. Still, it will be useful to read it through once and check if every point applies fully to the way you work.
- There is no strict protocol for treating laminitis. Stay alert and do not try to solve each case in exactly the same way. For one horse the main focus might be on diet, while in another case the trim might be the decisive factor.
- When treatment does not work sufficiently, try to find out what causes it. Remain open minded and critical about your own knowledge and competence. Laminitis is a complicated disease. Even if you do everything as well as you possibly can, the treatment could still fail.
- During treatment, complications can occur. Try to be prepared for them. Make sure the horse owner is prepared as well.
- Make sure you are well aware of the expectations of the horse owner. Know what options he has to help the horse. Does he have the time, space, resources, motivation? If you think a positive outcome is not possible within the existing circumstances, it might be better not to get involved.
- Horse owners can be very opinionated but often lack the knowledge and expertise in regards to laminitis. This combined with a stubborn attitude can hinder the chances of a positive outcome. It’s your job to educate the horse owner. On the other hand, always stay open minded to the insights and experiences of the customer. He sees his horse every day, not you.
- Do not give up too soon. As long as the horse and its owner have not given up, you should not either.