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ABSTRACT Laminitis is a painful and serious disease that can cause lameness in horses It is an inflammation of the laminae The Laminae is tissue that connects coffin bone and the wall of the hoof Laminitis can occur in any horse usually obese horses and ponies It is caused by changes of horses feed lush grass retained placenta intake of cold water while horse is still hot surgery trauma to the hoof riding on hard ground Key Words Laminitis Laminae Inflammation Founder Coffin BoneLaminitis can occur in all horses Ponies are more prone to laminitis just as obese horses A horse that has had too much grain intake recently or is turned out in a lush grass paddock can get laminitis too When a horse gets laminitis the sensitive laminae which contains the blood flow becomes inflamed and since there is little room in the hoof wall the horse feels a lot of pressure and pain If this is not treated right away it can lead to acute laminitis which is also known as founder Founder is detachment and or movement of the coffin bone When the bone detaches or moves it can make laminitis a permanent or chronic problem Equine-worldThere are many different types of laminitis There is grain founder grass founder water founder and road founder Each one of these can cause the same problem in the laminae Grain founder is when a horse gets into a feed room and over does it or if the horse is feed too much when not working enough Grass founder is when a horse gets turned out in the spring to a lush field without being weaned on to the field slowly Water founder is when a hot horse has had a lot of cold water intake Road founder is when the horse is worked too hard on uneven surface McArdle CLaminitis is weakening of the coffin bone This weakening can come from a lack
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