Ponies and Laminitis - Are All Prone?
I have several ponies stabled at home that are very hardy. This is a new barn and the first time I've had my horses at home. I have an allweather paddock that's very generous in size, which is being used quite a bit this winter!
I'm very nervous about spring, however. When they moved into the barn this fall, I had them wear grazing muzzles since they weren't used to lush pasture. They are turned out all day.
Do all the "rules" with laminitis apply if a pony has a healthy weight and has never had laminitis? Or, are all ponies at risk for laminitis?
I've read they should be turned out 20 minutes a day for the first week, then add 10 minutes every few days. I'd assume the rest of the day, they go back in the allweather or wear their grazing muzzles (which they hate). I'm thinking..... it will take forever until they can have ample turnout on the grass.
I don't know if I should treat them as at risk for laminitis, and be really conservative with their turnout, or if they can go straight to the grass paddocks since they have never had it.