ProvideIt Solution - Founderfoundered horse

The first signs of the following means it is too late, a bout is happening and you need to take action urgently.

  • Will go ‘tight’ all over, quiver when touched and start walking ‘stiffly’
  • Shifting their weight from foot to foot, clearly in pain.
  • Elevated digital pulse
  • Reluctant to move at all
  • Rocking back on their heels
  • Lying down because they are too sore to stand




  • Get them off the grass!
    Make some kind of a 'dry lot', a 100% grass free zone preferably with shade and shelter.
    This may be a large yard, a round pen a track or a long strip under the hedge or trees. It will provide a safe haven to keep your horse when the grass is unsuitable. You will need it to prevent relapses in future.
  • Ensure a continuous supply of hay
    (no lucerne, no clover). Using a 'slow feeder' (Hay-Saver Nets) will make sure your horse NEVER runs out of food, keeping him contented.
  • Soak the Hay
    If your horse is obese then soak the hay (in the Hay-Saver immersed in a drum of water) for at least an hour before feeding. This reduces the sugars by 30% and the potassium by 50%
  • Syringe in a mix of GrazeEzy and AlleviateC SOS


Danny Boy

  • Feed simple feed with minerals & salt
    Feed a simple daily feed to ensure proper nutrition whilst on their strict diet. Wild horses get to nibble and browse on a variety of deep rooted plants and bushes which bring up minerals. A daily feed using soaked beet with Premium NZ Horse Minerals, AlleviateC and salt is an excellent substitute
  • Support the hooves
    Forcing laminitic horses to walk when they are in pain and when there is damage to the laminae will only do more damage and stress the horse. The best relief for them comes from standing in wet mud or on sand, mediums that will push up on the sole and support the bone column. Additional support can be provided if necessary
  • Exercise
    Once they are more comfortable to walk you can start light exercise (hand walking)


  • Hoof Trimming
    Whether and when to trim their hooves may be different in each case. If possible leave until the horse is more comfortable and can handle standing on the other leg whilst the trimming takes place. Also never ever put shoes on a horse with Laminitis!
  • Prevention
    Be aware that once your horse has had laminitis they are very prone to further bouts. Nibbling around on short grass after rain will tip them over again very easily. Therefore access to grass that is as mature as possible for 10 minutes am and pm is a good way to introduce grass back into the diet.
    Avoid any short grass, 'roadside' type grass is far more suitable.


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