Local Vet: Lookout for Laminitis

(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Sprigs of green grass are shooting up in pastures in Sheridan County, and that fact isn't lost on the horses.

Horse doc Cindy Hager of Moxey-Schreiber Veterinary Hospital says it's a good idea for equines to go easy on the lush stuff, at least at first.

Laminitis, also called “Founder,” is a condition that can cause a horse to go lame for life, and it can be triggered by an abrupt dietary change in sensitive animals. Horses that have been eating hay all winter and then dive into the green stuff can be at risk.

Hager said older horses are more susceptible to founder due to a sudden change in spring diet.

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