The plant most commonly linked to pasture-associated stringhalt is Hypochoeris radicata, also known as false dandelion, flatweed, or cat’s ear, though poor-quality, drought-scarred pasture is thought also to be implicated.
A recent study looked at the protective effects of oral joint health supplements by analyzing lameness and select markers of cartilage breakdown and inflammation in synovial fluid in horses with joint inflammation.
Rutgers University researchers have hypothesized that pasture-induced laminitis might develop as a result of exposure to potential bacterial pathogens that are present in pasture grass and are ingested as horses graze.
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the painful destruction of joint tissues, an important cause of lameness, and an important contributor to economic losses throughout the equine industry.
Many supplements have only a limited amount of science supporting their use; however, Austrian authors recently published an article supporting the use of milk thistle and silymarin for horses with laminitis.
Horses with equine metabolic syndrome have a higher than normal risk of developing laminitis, a painful and crippling inflammation of tissues within the hoof. One of the factors that can trigger laminitis is an overly high level of insulin in the horse’s blood.
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Supportive care may be necessary for horses with neurologic disease, especially for horses that have difficulty standing, moving, or eating. Kentucky Equine Research offers suggestions for feeding equines with neurologic disease.
Keeping your horse sound for summer riding is partly related to taking good care of his hooves year-round.
Nutritional trigger factors for laminitis such as hay and concentrate intake should be reviewed and diet revisions made, if necessary.
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