Spring Grass & Laminitis

This is a hard time of year for horses and ponies that suffer from laminitis. The grass is green and full of sugar and muzzling doesn’t always solve the problem. The cause of laminitis or founder is multi-factored, but an overload of starch into the hindgut leading to a microbial imbalance. Contributors can also be extra weight and hormonal interference from stored fat in the neck crest and stomach. However, it is possible for a skinny horse to also founder. The role of nutrition to prevent a rise in insulin and the role of prebiotics have also been studied at length. A diet low in carbohydrates is important – this means a diet low in wheat as well as sugar since the glycemic response f

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