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kesbee

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kesbee says:

Spicing up my laminitic!

My 11 year old cob gelding had severe laminitis last year - 12 weeks box rest. He tested negative for Cushing's and EMS but was very overweight. A strict diet brought his weight down from 610kg to 530kg and he is sound and happy.

All his hay is soaked and other than hay, he gets Fast Fibre and Hi-Fi Lite in the mornings, along with a balancer. Due to the terrible weather, our grass just isn't growing and he is turned out in a bare paddock during the day, then stabled at night. He is hacked out five days per week for 1-2 hours at at a time.

I am happy with his weight, which is completely stable on his current feeding regime, but I do feel he is a bit slow and lazy, compared to how he was before the laminitis. The vet is completely happy with him. His coat is healthy, he's wormed and vaccinated, has no behavioural issues and goes well for me.......I just feel he is a bit lacking in energy. I would like to feed him some more energising feeds but am obviously nervous of setting off his laminitis again. Any advice on how to spice him up a bit without risking his health?

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Spicing up my laminitic!

I don't wish to appear to be too blunt, but having had a laminitic (who then tested positive for Cushings) who we struggled to keep sound, I should just be thankful he's able to hack out and enjoy a fairly normal horsey life.

Hope he carries on ok.

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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kesbee

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kesbee says:

Re: Spicing up my laminitic!

Haha! I take your point. It's not that I'm not grateful he's OK - of course I am - but he is no longer the horse he was, due to his limited diet I think (and my vet agrees). I don't want to sell him but I'm no longer enjoying him the way he is. He is fully fit but I really feel he's permanently hungry and that's why he is lacklustre.

My vet is reluctant to advise me to change anything in his diet as he is sound and has maintained a steady weight for four and a half months. That's great but he doesn't seem to have much energy and is totally food-orientated. I just would like to satisfy his hunger and make him happier and more energetic, without making him ill. Is that too much to ask?

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wundahoss

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wundahoss says:

Re: Spicing up my laminitic!

If he's getting free choice - or enough - hay, then he won't be going hungry. If he's maintaining his weight, he's not short on calories.

Turning him out full time rather than locking him up at night should help, as horses tend to be stiff when locked up for a period and they move less when out too, than horses that are always out. It may be that he's not so free & easy on his feet as you imagine & he's 'lazy' due to discomfort/pain. Is he shod or bare or booted?

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Spicing up my laminitic!

I had a laminitic who also had cushings.  I fed him speedi beet, dengie hi fi lite, spillers hi fi cubes and allen and page sugar and cereal intolerance diet - but I had had to take him off hay also due to severe dust allergy.   I would fill a large muck type bucket twice a day with the hi fi lite and cubes and add lots of water (at least one black buckets worth) to aid digestion, as a hay replacer, and I would feed him the speedi beet and sugar and cereal intolerance diet twice a day as a feed.  I found the sugar and cereal intolerance diet helped him weight wise to maintain it.

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