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After nearly 40 years of treating horses suffering from founder, laminitis, heel pain or navicular disease, I've made several critical observations in regard to the need for using anti-inflammatory drugs.
While many other veterinarians disagree with this approach, I've been able to fix laminitic horses when I can get to them before they are given bute or other pain-relieving drugs. If I get a heart bar shoe on one of these horses, the shoe serves as my method of pain control.
Here are three of my most important observations from working for nearly 5 decades with these problems:
The problem I have with giving a horse bute or other anti-inflammatory pain relievers is that the drug kills the pain and allows the horse to continue to stand. This leads to P3 rotation, which in turn crushes the circumflex artery, cuts off the blood supply to P3 and results in the demineralization of the tip of the coffin bone.
Since graduating from the Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1962, I've devoted most…