Acute Laminitic Attack
Laminitis: there are many theories on the origin and pathogenesis of laminits. One of the main theories is that it develops from an ischemia-reperfusion injury, which means decreased and increased blood flow to the laminae.
One thing that is very clear is that there are two main states: the acute state and the chronic state. The most important part of treating laminitis is knowing the differce between the two and starting the treatment immediately (of an acute laminitic attack).
Medication and hoof support are the key to controlling an acute laminitic attack (preventing rotation of the coffin bone).
An aged halter horse was presented for laminitis. If anyone knows how halter horses look like then you know that this is not an uncommon sight. They are Quarter horses only with huge bodies and small feet! Judges prefer them like that so the horses that keep wining are the ones with smaller feet to support their huge muscular (and fat) bodies. What was interesting about this case is after the application of special “laminitic shoes,” the horse seemed to be more comfortable on his front end. The shoes come with a putty that you apply to the sole and then put the shoe on which has a high wedge where the weight of the front end is distributed nicely and evenly. I did not believe in it until I saw the results… Interesting… The horse is currently sound, no rotation has been observed on the radiographs. Before applying the shoes the feet need to be trimmed. I found that a #7 suites most quarter horses.
This is the link to where you can find these shoes… (I am not advertising, I just think that it works…)