A grazing muzzle is an investment in your horse's long-term health and well-being. Wearing a grazing muzzle allows horses, especially those prone to overgrazing, more turnout time, more social interaction with herdmates, and keeps their digestive systems working properly.
Have you spotted signs or symptoms of laminitis or some other hoof-related horse health problem? Is your equine vet coming from a distance or unavailable immediately? Don't panic. We run down all of the practical things you can do to help and relieve your horse's situation until the vet arrives.
Laminitis is a potentially fatal and maddeningly-sneaky medical condition affecting the feet of horses. There are three major reasons why we refer to laminitis as a “sneaky” disease: Laminitis is a secondary condition with vague symptoms. As a secondary condition, it has a bewildering range of causes. Development is erratic and flare-ups are unpredictable. When a horse develops laminitis, the signs are often subtle. Since laminitis can arise from any number of underlying causes, it can also be difficult to pinpoint and diagnose. One of its most insidious features is its unpredictability. While overindulging on lush, sweet spring grass is...
A horse's risk for developing laminitis doesn't disappear with the leaves. As the autumn season approaches, factors like hormones, fall rains, and the amount of time and attention your horse gets can all negatively impact their health. Liv Gude has some pointers on horse care and barn management that can help you avoid fall laminitis.
What causes laminitis in horses? There are a number of contributing factors, overload, inflammation, metabolic issues, and physical trauma among them. Laminitis tends to be a secondary condition arising from a variety of sources, so we'll guide you through the most common.