Researchers in Germany compared hoof loading patterns of 16 sound horses and ponies as controls with those of 17 equids that recently recovered from acute laminitis and 21 animals that had recovered from laminitis 6-12 weeks before the study.
Although not a new disease, coronary band dystrophy (CBD) as described by Dr. Steve O’Grady at the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners is a relatively unheard of condition. This case series presented the clinical findings and treatment of 18 warmblood or warmblood cross cases of CBD characterized by severe hyperkeratosis of the coronary bands on all four feet.
Laminitis is the Most Common Reason for Horse Euthanasia
A 2-year prospective survey examined the rate of euthanasia and factors associated with euthanasia among 1,070 horses and ponies in Great Britain. This analysis was part of a larger study of laminitis that enrolled owners of healthy animals who responded via a web-based survey. Most respondents owned one to three animals for an average of about 7 years. Native pony breeds were most common and while most owners (60%) reported their animals were in ideal body condition, a third of the animals enrolled had a previous history of laminitis.
A group of scientists from Australia and the United States investigated the perfusion of the laminae when a horse stands with increased loading of one front limb such as occurs following a fracture repair that can lead to supporting limb laminitis in the opposite limb.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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