Pasture Paranoia: Laminitis Prevention

Lush pasture is the arch enemy of horses susceptible to laminitis and founder.
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Ah, springtime. Can’t you just see those rolling green pastures of Kentucky’s Bluegrass, dotted with grazing bloodstock? Their fetlocks are buried, the grass is lush, the dew’s shining on each strand of grass and…Why are you shuddering? Do you, like so many horse owners who have endured the helpless misery of a foundered pony or horse, equate lush meadows with laminitis, ouchy feet, and reprimands from your veterinarian and farrier? ("You’re killing this horse with kindness!")

The horse owner’s worst fear: finding a horse "stuck" in the classic foundered position in a pasture

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Fran Jurga is the publisher of Hoofcare & Lameness, The Journal of Equine Foot Science, based in Gloucester, Mass., and Hoofcare Online, an electronic newsletter accessible at www.hoofcare.com. Her work also includes promoting lameness-related research and information for practical use by farriers, veterinarians, and horse owners. Jurga authored Understanding The Equine Foot, published by Eclipse Press and available at www.exclusivelyequine.com or by calling 800/582-5604.

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