Equine Laminitis or Founder

Horses September 28, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Laminitis is an inflammation of the sensitive laminae of one or more hooves. Severe pain can result from poor circulatory congestion in the foot. When the sensitive laminae become inflamed, the union between the hoof and the laminae can separate. In severe cases the coffin bone can rotate and begin to penetrate the sole.

A foundered horse often has a distorted hoof with characteristic "founder rings," a long toe that curls if neglected. There are many treatments for founder, but prognosis is guarded, depending on extent of the condition.

foundered pony

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.