Laminitis

HORSE FEED & SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE LAMINITIS-PRONE HORSE

Reducing the risks associated with laminitis

Laminitis refers to a painful acute or chronic condition that causes inflammation of the laminar tissues in the hoof. The specific causes of laminitis have eluded nutritionists, veterinarians and scientists for years, but there are known risk factors associated with this disease:

  • Sepsis.
  • Nutrition, specifically carbohydrate overload or pasture-induced laminitis.
  • Metabolic or endocrine disorders including changes in glucose metabolism resulting in insulin resistance, obesity and/or PPID.
  • Other factors such as injuries that cause abnormal stress on supporting limbs.

How can you help reduce the risks associated with laminitis development?

Identify high-risk horses and ponies

  • PPID (Cushing’s disease) and/or EMS
  • Obesity
  • Access to high-quality pasture
  • Breeds such as Shetlands, Welsh Ponies, Arabians (to name a few)

Manage pasture non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) intake

  • Restrict grazing on lush pastures during spring and fall by limiting turnout time or using a grazing muzzle.
  • Remove horses from pasture by mid-morning through early evening.
  • Avoid grazing pasture after a frost or poorly managed, stressed pasture.

Feed a low-calorie grass-type hay

  • Feed a low calorie, low NSC grass hay (<10-12% NSC).
  • Alternatively, soak grass hay for 30-60 minutes to reduce NSC content.

Feed smaller, more frequent meals

  • Laminitis can be caused by an over consumption of high starch and sugar grains, either in one meal or by feeding large grain meals.

Provide a low-calorie ration balancer

  • A ration balancer such as GRO 'N WIN™ or Senior Balancer provides essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals in a safe, low starch and sugar, low calorie formula to compliment your forage.
  • This option is for easy-keeping or obese horses and ponies that do not needing additional calories.

Restrict NSC feed intake

  • Avoid grain or sweet feed that is high in starch and/or sugar.
  • If additional calories are needed, either add a fat supplement or a fiber-based feed with <20-25% NSC. (Horses with a history of laminitis should have feeds 14% NSC or less.)

Fat Supplements:

Feeds with low NSC, high in fat or high in fiber:

View our selection of horse feeds and supplements for laminitis-prone horses below or contact us with any questions.

 

Related Products

GRO 'N WIN™ Ration Balancer package GRO 'N WIN™ Ration Balancer

Feed Form Pelleted
Type of Horse All Life Stages
Crude Protein, Min 32.00%
Crude Fat, Min 5.00%
Crude Fiber, Max 5.00%

SENIOR BALANCER package SENIOR BALANCER

Feed Form Pellet
Type of Horse Mature, Senior Horses and Ponies
Crude Protein 32.00%
Crude Fat 5.00%
Crude Fiber 5.50%

ULTIMATE FINISH™ 25 package ULTIMATE FINISH™ 25

Feed Form Extruded Nugget
Type of Horse All Ages
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 25.00%
Crude Fiber   8.00%

ULTIMATE FINISH™ 40 package ULTIMATE FINISH™ 40

Feed Form Soft Pellet
Type of Horse All Ages
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 40.00%
Crude Fiber   7.00%

ULTIMATE FINISH™ 100 package ULTIMATE FINISH™ 100

Feed Form Granulated
Type of Horse All Ages
Crude Fat 99.00%

EQ8™ Gut Health Multi-Textured Feed package EQ8™ Gut Health Multi-Textured Feed

Feed Form Multi-textured
Type of Horse Mature
Crude Protein 12.00%
Crude Fat   8.00%
Crude Fiber 14.50%

 

SAFE 'N EASY™ Pelleted Feed package SAFE 'N EASY™ Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Pelleted
Type of Horse Idle or Low/Moderate Work
Crude Protein 12.00%
Crude Fat 6.00%
Crude Fiber 20.50%

 

SAFE 'N EASY™ Textured Feed package SAFE 'N EASY™ Textured Feed

Feed Form Textured
Type of Horse Idle or Low/Moderate Work
Crude Protein 12.00%
Crude Fat   6.00%
Crude Fiber 20.00%

SAFE 'N EASY™ PERFORMANCE Pelleted Feed package SAFE 'N EASY™ PERFORMANCE Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Pelleted
Type of Horse Performance Horses
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 12.00%
Crude Fiber 20.00%

SAFE 'N EASY™ Senior Extruded Feed package SAFE 'N EASY™ Senior Extruded Feed

Feed Form Extruded
Type of Horse Mature Senior Horses and Ponies

Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 10.00%
Crude Fiber 20.00%

SAFE 'N EASY™ Complete Pelleted Feed package SAFE 'N EASY™ Complete Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Pelleted
Type of Horse Mature Horses

Crude Protein 12.00%
Crude Fat 5.00%
Crude Fiber 22.00%

CADENCE™ Ultra Sweet Pelleted Feed package CADENCE™ Ultra Sweet Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Sweet Pellet
Type of Horse Performance Horses
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 14.00%
Crude Fiber 14.00%

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