Arming Yourself For The Battle With Laminitis

Hall Of Fame vet Ric Redden emphasizes systematic approach to dealing with this crippling malady

Sooner or later, every farrier or equine veterinarian is going to run into laminitis. Ric Redden, the Kentucky equine veterinarian who is well known for treating the condition, says there’s nothing wrong with calling for help when you do.

“It is natural for us to feel nervous when we’re asked to make a judgment about laminitis,” he told an audience during a laminitis seminar he conducted in Versailles, Ky., recently. “When we feel inadequate or uncomfortable in dealing with this syndrome, we must call for help.”

In a wide-ranging two-day program, Redden discussed many aspects of treating laminitic horses. Here’s a look at some of what he had to say.

Be Upfront And Honest

Redden says its important not to make the mistake many horse owners do: Believing that any equine veterinarian knows how to treat laminitis. He says many equine veterinarians make a similar mistake regarding farriers, by believing any competent farrier can save a horse from laminitis.

He advises veterinarians and farriers to be very upfront about their level of experience with and knowledge of laminitis. Failing to do can cause a disaster — and could land you in the middle of an expensive court fight.

Teamwork Needed

Redden says tackling this potentially fatal malady requires a team approach that proceeds carefully.

“Learning to conquer the ill effects of any and all disease syndromes requires a series of baby steps that build on each other,” he says. “The cumulative effects of knowledge, skill and good communication have a…

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