Not all hoof injuries and conditions are laminitis, but many possibilities look the same, and might feel the same, to your horse. Any time a horse has soreness, lameness, heat in the hooves, or you suspect a hoof issue, please consult your Veterinarian for a treatment plan. We had the amazing opportunity to chat with Dr. James Orsini, of the New Bolton Center, about laminitis.
Dr. Orsini and Julie from Ice Horse at New Bolton Center
Often, in the case of laminitis, you might find the following signs:
It could be laminitis, but it could also be something else! Either way, your horse is hurting. There are a few easy steps to take to relieve the pain and work towards a diagnosis.
Both ice and anti-inflammatory medications are great pain relievers and will help your horse be more comfortable until the Vet can arrive. In some cases, your Veterinarian may suggest holding off on medications until a full exam can be done. Every case will be different, but having the proper supplies on hand is the first step to keeping your horse healthy.
Listen below to renowned laminitis expert Dr. James Orsini discusses these steps!