Chronic laminitis

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Chronic Laminitis


Chronic laminitis is a painful condition for horses, which occurs when the horse's distal phalanx has been displaced, caused by the mechanical collapse of the lamellae within the hoof. This condition can be stable (compensated) or unstable (uncompensated).


Hoof rings are wider at the heel
Stretched white line
Bruising/blooding in white line or wall
Deep black groove between wall and sole
Abnormal hoof growth
Change in hoof wall angle
Thin sole (or thickened in ponies)
Bulging/convex/dropped sole
Penetration of sole by pedal bone
Laminar wedge
Flared hoof wall
Hoof wall cracks
Depression just above the coronet
Bruising on the sole in front of the frog


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Hoof bootsShould be well-constructed and measured to fit the horse's foot measurements taken after the foot has been trimmed. Boots need to be snug-fitting (if too large they will twist and turn).
Modification of bootsBoots should be modified by your veterinarian to fit the individualized needs of the horse. Modifications are related to support and the application of mechanics (altering breakover and heel elevation where necessary).
Special foot trimming and shoeingNeeds to be individualized for each horse by a professional farrier in conjunction with your veterinarian. May include wedges, pads, impression materials, etc.


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