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bluehorse_198

What is Foundering??

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the hoof is made up of 'Laminae' - layers (hence the proper name - laminitis) - when a horse has a sudden build up of carbohydrates that are imperfectly metabolised (ie he got into the grain shed) or, as is common with ponies, a build up on spring grass (hence - spring grass fever) the layers get hot and inflamed. The swelling restricts the blood supply to the hoof - so the toxins can't be flushed out - this makes the problem worse.

The problem can be so bad that a horse may shed its hooves [Eek!]

hope that brief explanation helped

[smiley Wavey]

edited to add - see CVM's reply to 'Founder?' on this board

[ 07-23-2005, 04:39 PM: Message edited by: leoned ]

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the hoof is made up of 'Laminae' - layers (hence the proper name - laminitis) - when a horse has a sudden build up of carbohydrates that are imperfectly metabolised (ie he got into the grain shed) or, as is common with ponies, a build up on spring grass (hence - spring grass fever) the layers get hot and inflamed. The swelling restricts the blood supply to the hoof - so the toxins can't be flushed out - this makes the problem worse.

The problem can be so bad that a horse may shed its hooves [Eek!]

hope that brief explanation helped

[smiley Wavey]

edited to add - see CVM's reply to 'Founder?' on this board

[ 07-23-2005, 04:39 PM: Message edited by: leoned ]

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quote:

Originally posted by bluehorse_198:

Ive never had a problem with my horses foundering. But can some1 please explain to me further to what it is and what causes it. Thanx alot
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See "Founder?" topic on down the page and look for the response by "cvm"

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quote:

Originally posted by bluehorse_198:

Ive never had a problem with my horses foundering. But can some1 please explain to me further to what it is and what causes it. Thanx alot
[big Grin]

See "Founder?" topic on down the page and look for the response by "cvm"

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