Researchers Pinpoint Additional Laminitis Risk Factors

Overconditioning, grazing during sunlight hours, and frozen footing could potentially trigger laminitic episodes.

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Researchers Pinpoint Additional Laminitis Risk Factors
Nutrition and management advice from a veterinarian is important to managing horses at-risk for developing laminitis. | Photo: iStock
We know that factors such as easy-keeping breeds and increased high-quality grass intake can contribute to a horse’s risk for developing laminitis.

“But it is not only fat ponies that can suffer from pasture-associated laminitis,” emphasized Nanna Luthersson, DVM, partner at Hestedoktoren, a Danish equine veterinary clinic.

She and colleagues recently determine that “overconditioned animals may be at increased risk” of developing the condition, as well.

In a study on the topic Luthersson and her team observed 110 horses in Denmark diagnosed with laminitis (69 new cases and 41 chronic ones) and determined that nearly 33% of the study equids with laminitis were euthanized within 12 months of being diagnosed

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Katie Navarra has worked as a freelance writer since 2001. A lifelong horse lover, she owns and enjoys competing a dun Quarter Horse mare.

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