View Full Version : TB on our yard has gone down with Lammi :o(
4th February 2010, 02:16 PM
I'm stunned to be hoenst, he came to us last year in quite poor condition, it was around september I think, he had been fully clipped and was very underweight. Lady who bought him hasn't done much with him so he's still unfit and has not gained the condition you'd expect to see on a pleasure horse that lives out and does very little.
I think he still looks as though he could do with more condition so can't believe he has lammi? Could it be all the frozen grass he has been eating? He's not been on regular hard feed, just been living out in a field with little grass but lots of hay. Just in the last week he was moved to another field which has been rested since the summer and was also topped last summer too.
I had no idea an underweight horse could get lammi, I thought it was directly linked to being overweight? :o
4th February 2010, 02:45 PM
My friends TB ex racer is still a little underweight although she loves him to bits and is doing everything she can to build his condition up. He was recently diagnosed with laminitus as a result of concussion and bruised soles which made him lame. All because of some twit trotting him along a gravel track which our TBs always struggle to walk on let alone trot on!!
I was also shocked when I heard he had lammi but then I read that it can be quite common in TBs :scared:
4th February 2010, 02:57 PM
Laminitis has many misconceptions amongst some horse owners. Any horse, any shape or size can get laminitis. It is not always feed or grass related either. It can be caused by all sorts of problems. I have a friend who had to put her ex-racer down due to laminitis about three years ago. It is a shame that the stigma of laminitis is always thought of fat little ponies on grass but it isnt.
The winter time can be worse for some horses that are prone to laminitis. The fructan levels in the grass can be higher due to the frost and then sunshine. Bruised soles, soft soles, metabollic issues, cushings, concussion, stress, mares after having foals etc etc can all be the cause of laminitis. Of course too much protein, grass and hard feed can also cause it.
4th February 2010, 03:48 PM
My mare suffered really bad with lammi but she only got lammi when she was in season her hormones triggered it all the time!! both times she was in foal when she got to 4/5 months she would get it really bad! I stoped breeding from her after her second foal and she managed to go 2 summer without lammi but sadley got it again last summer i couldent put her throgh any more and had her put to sleep RIP Tinkerbell.
4th February 2010, 05:49 PM
Well that's an eye opener! Thanks for your replies everyone.
RIP Tinkerbell xxx
4th February 2010, 07:26 PM
any horse can get lami.
my ISH got it once mildly she was condition score 2.5- 3/5.
they can get it from
trauma/ post op
post foaling esp if the placenta is retained
poor foot care
My Crazy Clan
4th February 2010, 07:49 PM
Lami isn't always brought on by overweight/over feeding horses, it could be anything but one thing it could be is stress, frosty grass is one cause too.
5th February 2010, 12:33 AM
In addition to other's good info, if you want to learn more(& I think it's vital for all horse owners to understand the basics) hoofrehab.com is a great source of general info about hoof care, function, rehab, as well as for info on lami, feeding, management issues.
11th February 2010, 02:35 PM
My boy came down with lami whilst he was on box rest (so it certainly wasn't grass induced) ..looks likely that he has EMS (equine metabolic syndrome)...so now he is on a lifelong restricted diet.
This frozen ground that we've had recently is a likely culprit.....horses hooleying around on the hard ground can do lots of damage to the hoof
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