A Game-Changing Laminitis Study

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Laminitis. As a horse owner, a rider, or enthusiast, the word just makes you shudder, doesn’t it?

I’m convinced that few topics of horse health importance evoke as visceral response as this one. The outcomes for many of our favorite horses who have developed painful coffin bone rotation or sinking–whether these animals were famous as athletes or infamous in our own personal barnsÐhaven’t always been too sunny.


We all know a horse who’s battled laminitis; the first two horses I rode as a child eventually succumbed to laminitis. This mare, a Tennessee Walker named Sensation’s Beauty, was one of them (here, piloted by my mom with me in tow)

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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