I've personally experienced two first-hand cases of laminitis with our own family horses. The first was with our daughter's first pony, the adorable Molly, a hardy native type who we bought from a gypsy horse trader.
For those of you who know me, you'll know that with me it only takes one look and that's it - I'm hooked. Well, it only took one look to realise that Molly had full onset chronic laminitis, and to be honest I think that was the reason I took her there and then and didn't even quibble the price. Apart from the fact that I instantly fell for her, I also knew there was no way she was going to be treated appropriately, and I had no intention of letting that happen.
The second time was with daughter's second pony, Dinky. He literally crashed overnight, after we'd only owned him for 6 weeks, and whose management had been entirely lami-preventive. However, by this time we'd moved to an extremely toxic enviroment caused by localised agri crop spraying, and I firmly believe that this was a contributory factor as to why Dinks, and our other horses, became extremely ill as a result of their environment. For the full story, read our chapter * About Us
I learnt so much from Molly and Dinks. When you see how brave and stoic these little ponies are while enduring crippling pain, it’s a humbling experience. Since then, and wearing my EquiNatural hat, I’ve heard so many sad stories from our clients with their horses and ponies enduring laminitis. On the positive side, the good news is that laminitis is one of the most researched and studied equine conditions, and that research is now shouting out two very clear messages :
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