The recent warm weather suggests that spring is here – along with daffodils, rich spring grass and an increased concern about laminitis. Managing horses and ponies prone to or at risk of laminitis will be essential during this time.
Laminitic horses and ponies suffer from pain and lameness usually in all 4 limbs, but it often appears worse in the forelimbs. In acute laminitis the pain can be so crippling that the horse will stop moving but in milder chronic cases a shuffling, short gait which is worse on hard surfaces, and usually with an obvious head nod on turning are typical signs. When a horse or pony is suffering from laminitis it is important to make them as comfortable as possible and give them a soft bed to stand and lie down on.
Comfortstall’s orthopaedic flooring system is padded offering relief to horses suffering from sore feet and symptoms of laminitis. The comfortable and supportive cushioning encourages them to lie down more and take the weight off their feet. It is non-abrasive which also helps to avoid “bed sores” or “hock sores” from lying down for long periods or continual getting up and down off the floor.
Thanks to the therapeutic properties of ComfortStall’s level surface that springs back with every step, the joints, tendons and ligaments are also supported for improved joint health, movement, flexibility and hoof quality. The rebound from every step on ComfortStall’s cushioned flooring massages the horse’s frogs which can help stimulate blood circulation.
So if your horse of pony is prone to laminitis, invest in their comfort and keep them healthy and happy this season. For a ComfortStall quotation, please fill out this online form or visit www.haygain.co.uk.
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