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Most people know at least one horse or pony that has suffered from laminitis. It’s an all too common condition causing much pain and suffering and there are many myths associated with it.
Karen Coumbe’s 24-page paperback book is meant to dispel some of those myths and explain the disease clearly. This book is a valuable reference to explain laminitis to your clients.
This book can help reduce the chance of horses or ponies developing the dreaded condition. It can also help owners cope with laminitis and educate them on warning signs before their horse or pony becomes yet another laminitic casualty.
“Prevention is the best form of treatment,” Coumbe says. “It is important to learn how to avoid the disability, pain and lameness suffered by horses and ponies with this condition.”
The book contains six sections, each complemented by dozens of detailed four-color photographs. The first section explains what laminitis is, what happens in the foot and rotation of the pedal bone. The next section features the types of laminitis, what to look for and signs of laminitis. The third section gives the technical details on why laminitis develops. The fourth section features treatment of chronic laminitis, surgical approaches to treating laminitis and shoeing for laminitis cases.
The author says that the type of shoe used to treat laminitis (several are described in the book) depends on how bad the case is. Regardless of the shoe used, the aim is to protect the…