If you have a horse, you’ve heard of LAMINITIS

Link between diet & laminitis

If you have a horse, you’ve heard of LAMINITIS. It’s a topic we talk about a lot in the magazine and for very good reason. Laminitis and colic are the two main causes of equine demise across the globe.

Whether you have a barefoot or shod horse, laminitis is never far from the minds and concerns of every horse owner I have ever met. We all have a pretty good idea that we mustn’t feed too much grass, or too much sweet feed but do we all know how to recognise those subtle signs of when too much is just too much?

It’s a sad fact that many horses and ponies spend their lives ping ponging in & out of mild to serious discomfort without their owners realising the root cause and how to fix it. If the horse is footy, it’s blamed on poor breeding, weak feet, feet wearing away…rather than something as ‘serious’ as laminitis. Acute laminitis is usually quite easy to spot – horse is stiff, has difficulty moving, is sweating up, might be lying down a lot…and that’s often before anything was ever noticed going on in the feet.

But it’s the low grade chronic symptoms of laminitis which are often missed. Early warning signs not to be ignored, if you only knew what to look for. We listen to professionals who we trust and tell us that “no way your horse is fine it’s not lamintiic, it just has to wear shoes because it’s feet are rubbish AND you’re doing too many miles a week to even be feasible for barefoot”. Well of course many discerning owners know that is simply a fallacy, but how many owners can truly say they know the signs and symptoms of low grade laminitis and what to do about it?

Well here at the BH Mag we offer advice, support, education and real life case studies from specialists at the rock face to owner’s sharing their stories of how they brought their horse back from a dire prognosis.

It’s all here across many issues of the mag. Click on SEARCH at the top of our this website and type in laminitis, you will be shown a list of all the issues where that topic appears…and you can do that for any topic such as NAVICULAR, HOOF BOOTS and DIET, to name but 3.

In Issue 19 we have an excellent article by barefoot specialists Hoofing Marvellous who talk about the link between diet and laminitis, one of THE most important links of all.

So if you are an owner struggling to find out how others coped, here is a link to Issue 19 and don’t forget to do that smart search to find out which other issues the subject of laminitis appears in.

The video below is of a beatufil brave horse called Duncan, who was diagnosed just over a year ago with acute laminitis, was shod and had been out on loan…then things went from bad to worse. NOT one vet believed he could recover, but with faith, determination and the right support, owner Jo & trimmer Emma pulled him through and just look at him today. Read his story in an upcoming issue very soon. The vid is tough to watch at the beginning but just look what happens in the end!

Don’t let laminitis be the end for your horse!

Lindsay, Editor

Our You Tube Channel is now live!

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Today we are launching our very own You Tube Channel, full of everything and anything to do with barefoot. Lindsay our Editor will be taking on the mantle of producing many of the videos and we also have some interviews and other exciting stuff lined up for you. We’ll be bringing you info on new releases, features, solving barefoot problems, discussions, fun and lots of barefoot savvy!

So nip over to show your support, don’t forget to subscribe and click that bell icon so you are notified everytime we post up a new vid. We’re quite excited about it and a bit nervous too, as going into the moving picture realm is a bit different for us, but we hope you are going to enjoy it.

Here’s a quick video welcome from our Editor, Lindsay Setchell.

Don’t forget you can add comments under the vids, anything to do with barefoot, any questions you have and maybe some ideas for new vids or suggestions for the mag. Not much there at the mo…but it will start building!

We hope you join us and we can’t wait to promote Barefoot Horses to an even wider audience!

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Happy You Tubing!

The BHM Team

Issue 14 – Understanding your horse’s hoof – HOOF CRACKS

Issue 14 hoof cracks

In every issue of the magazine we have a section called Trimmer’s Tips brought to you by our resident barefoot hoof care specialists Hoofing Marvellous, where every aspect of the hoof is discussed to help owners really understand their horse’s hooves.

In Issue 14, HM go to town on everything to do with hoof cracks, with some amazing photographs of real case studies and really in depth analysis of those pesky cracks. Here are some of the questions HM answer in the article:

Where do hoof cracks usually happen?
What causes superficial or partial thickness hoof cracks?
What causes full thickness hoof cracks?
Does shoeing make hoof cracks worse?
Can full thickness cracks cause pain?
What can you do if your horse has hoof cracks?

So if your horse suffers from hoof cracks that you absolutely don’t seem to be getting on top of, perhaps you’ve tried more traditional methods (also discussed in the article) but to no avail, then reading this article is a must and will get you and your horse swiftly onto the road of recovery.

Here’s a link to Issue 14

This issue is still available in print and online too.

Go get those hoof cracks under control folks!

Lindsay, Editor

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Skin Conditions in Horses Vs. Diet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most of us have been in the situation of finding an irritating patch of soreness or flaky skin etc on our horse’s body somewhere, but what is it, what does it mean and how can we treat it? 

Holistic virtual vet Ralista Grancharova DVM, MRCVS might have the answer…and it lies in the diet! Ralista takes us through some of the more common and frankly not so common skin ailments, with pictures and descriptions, and gives dietary advice and ways to prevent more problems.

It’s like your one stop shop on skin conditions and what to do about them. A must read!

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