I have a 15 yr old jumper that has ir and has had a few cases of laminitis. Usually caused by the grass. He is currently eating ration balancer and timothy hay. He is on limited t/o and has been for the most part very sound. Recently however, he has pulse in all four feet and has been extremely cranky. Any suggestions??
When my broodmare started doing this, I put her on very stemmy 1st cut grass hay and soaked it in a haynet for 45 minutes before feeding. This soaks out a lot of the sugars. Also, have you had a blood test done? Is he on a thyroid medicine?
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Agree you either need to find low sugar/NSC hay, soak the current hay, or start feeding hay cubes. Also, what is your ration balancer composed of? Turn out on grass at this point might be too much and dry lotting might be in order.
Well he just may have to learn to eat soaked hay. After watching a horse founder so badly on timothy alone that he could barely walk to his own grave I have no sympathy for horses who turn up their noses at the "blah" hay. Sorry.
Yes! Lots of good information there, and I see Katy Watts has also posted here. If you do not test your hay, you have no idea what your horse is getting and should soak. He will eat it if hungry. My IR horse would eat a cardboard box if I gave it to him. Wonder what the NSC of cardboard is...?
If my IR horse had pulses in all feet and a change in attitude, I'd be talking to my vet. He foundered twice...that's how we discovered the IR/EMS...and I do not ever want to go thru that again, nor make him endure it. Catch early and prevent.
Yes safergrass.org. Adding Magnesium helps sometimes, MagOx @ 3Tbs/Day for 1 month, 1Tbs/Day maintenance: Dry lot any time the horse has pulses. I've used Figuerola Lamina Saver. Valley Vet has it. www.understanding-horse-nutrition.com Has some helpful info.