Best Way To Treat Laminitis? Prevent It!

Equine vet believes that emphasis on treatment is misplaced

Sharing Views. Equine Veterinarian Dallas Goble (left), consulting farrier for the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale team, talks with Joe Kriz, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, during a seminar on draft horse hoof care at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Goble, who is also on the faculty at the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine, believes preventing laminitis offers more hope than trying to treat it. He also stresses the need for teamwork among vet, farrier and owner when the condition does occur.

Equine Vet Dallas Goble has seen a lot of laminitis in his time — and he’s pretty blunt about the prospects of treating the malady.

“We are missing the boat,” he told an audience at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Mass., recently. “We need to prevent laminitis, not treat the damn stuff.”

Goble, associate professor of surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, is an unsoundness specialist and also serves as consulting veterinarian for the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale teams. He notes that despite more and more research, the exact cause of laminitis is still unknown. What’s more, for the vet or farrier in the field, for the horse owner and for the horse, the question is often academic.

“The bottom line is that once the pathological progression is in process, it doesn’t matter what caused it,” he says.

Goble concedes that its impossible to prevent all cases of laminitis, but believes that attention to certain factors can…

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Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.

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