horse has been diagnosed with Founder. CALL 911 NOW!
If you have ever owned a horse diagnosed with laminitis, founder,
navicular syndrome or any other type of hoof problem you know how
devastating it can be. Even with advances in modern technology some
horses are still diagnosed incorrectly and inadequately leaving the
owner helpless and the horse in pain.
Most diagnosed cases start out with strict regimens
of prescription medications including steroids, pain killers and
other anti-inflammatory medications. This is then followed by costly
farrier bills, stall rest, more vet bills and a horse still in pain.
Preventing hoof problems in a horse is a great
stress on a horse owner and with all of the different variables to
consider from footing, shoeing, conditioning, diet and nutrition, to
genetics, even the best cared for equines on the planet could still
So what do you do if your horse is having lameness
issues or has been diagnosed with a hoof condition such as navicular?
Get your facts and know you options. Prescription medications have
long lists of side effects. Prescribing a medication like a steroid
to “see how your horse looks” after a certain period, may do more
harm than good. This is not a good way to try to diagnose a hoof
condition and could even make the situation worse.
Most importantly, preventative maintenance is key.
Good nutrition goes straight to the hoof and so does bad nutrition.
Keeping our horse away from artificial products, sugars and starches
that they are incapable of processing will ensure less risk of
laminitis and founder. Navicular syndrome can be more mechanical yet
just as hard to diagnose or treat and painful just the same. The
main goals in getting your horse comfortable in any situation would
be to reduce inflammation in joints/joint capsules and tissues and
allow for improved blood flow to the hoof for optimum recovery.
This tip was brought to you by Amanda McNally of
Emerald Valley Natural Health and KAM Animal Services, home of KAM’s
“Equine Learning Circle” FREE webinars, which will take place twice
a month starting in January. Go to
to sign up for the January 10th and January 31st webinars. These
FREE webinars will conclude with a question and answer session, so
be ready with your nutrition questions.