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Dealing with Founder (Laminitis) in Horses

In a healthy horse, the bones of the hoof are suspended by specialized tissues, called laminae, which provide stability and shock absorption. If there is inflammation or deterioration of the laminae (laminitis) and it is left untreated, there is the potential that the third phalynx bone, or coffin bone, can rotate downward toward the sole and even through it. Thankfully not all cases of founder result in the rotation of the coffin bone; however, this damaging inflammation can be extremely painful and debilitating. Often, diet modification, anti-inflammatory medicine, and hoof trimming can help animals in the early stages of laminitis (founder). However if left too long, the damaging inflammation can lead to expensive prolonged hospitalization, and in the worst case of bone rotation, euthanasia. Fortunately, there are a few ways of supporting your horses’ hoof health.

Symptoms of founder

The visible symptoms of laminitis are known collectively as founder. Examples of symptoms include refusing to move, reduced interest in food, increased laying down, frequent shifting of weight, and the “founder stance,” when the horse stands with its hind hooves forward to bear more of the animal’s weight. The early signs of founder include increased temperature and a pounding pulse in the hooves.

Dealing with founder and laminitis

Laminitis has been linked to a number of causes: over-feeding on high-sugar foods (such as molasses and grain), insulin resistance, infection, colic, leaky gut syndrome, ingestion of poisonous plants, Cushings syndrome, or too much time spent on hard surfaces such as roads. Research has found that that nutrition can play a large role in supporting hoof health, and it is suspected that improved diets can can support and promote long-term health. Springtime Bee Pollen for Horses contains valuable pre- and pro-biotic properties that can help with occasional gastric distress, support proper weight management, as well as strengthen hooves and laminae. Springtime Hoof & Coat Formula contains kelp and biotin, which have been shown to grow strong, tough hooves. In addition, Hoof & Coat Formula has live enzymatic activity which helps to break down starchy carbohydrates and glucose for safe utilization in the gut. This is important as excessive sugars are known to trigger hormonal and insulin imbalances that can exacerbate inflammation and potentially lead to laminitis. Finally, for discomfort and maintaining a normal inflammatory response, Springtime Joint Health Formula promotes comfort, mobility and is a natural way to maintain healthy joint lubrication.

For more information on preventing founder with bee pollen, kelp, and biotin for healthy hooves, see the information below…

Bee Pollen
for Horses
Hoof & Coat
for Horses
Joint Health Formula
for Horses
Springtime Bee Pollen for Horses Springtime Hoof & Coat Formula for Horses Springtime Joint Health Formula for Horses
Pollen are a natural food of horses, and the nutrition they contain can help sustain a healthy “Springtime” bloom all year long. Live enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals support breeding, digestion, muscle, hooves, and skin.
A blend of naturally occurring electrolytes, trace minerals, B vitamins, and biotin to replenish & maintain mineral balance, hydration, and healthy hooves.
Powdered horse joint health formula with chondroitin sulfate, MSM, and glucosamine HCl for healthy joint support, and boswellia serrata for comfort and mobility.
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One response to “Dealing with Founder (Laminitis) in Horses”

  1. A beautifully written piece on Laminitis, its cure and prevention! As important is a horse’s joint health, one should not overlook the laminae. It is the base on which your horse stands, therefore its proper care should be taken to avoid Laminitis. As explained, one of the major reasons for Laminitis is excessive feeding of high-sugar foods. So, as a horse owner, you should keep a keen eye on your horse’s diet.

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