Head Flicking & Laminitis
HEAD FLICKING & LAMINITIS
"PINTO BOY" 14YR 16.2HH 1/2 TB GELDING. ARRIVED OCTOBER.
This horse would be the fattest horse I have ever seen!
Symptoms before treatment
- Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)
- Extremely overweight. 8 inch crest and thick fat over top half of body.
- Laminitic – dropped soles, white line separation, flare walls that never grew straight down.
- Very sore feet. Needs hoof boots in paddock to be comfortable.
- Never canters in paddock.
- Very herd-bound.
- Terrible to float.
- Thick winded.
- Stiff and takes a lot to warm up when ridden.
- Difficult to handle. Naughty to ride.
- Note dropped sole. Very close to full blown laminitis.
- Removed from pasture due to severity of symptoms of EMS and head-flicking. Calorie intake needed to be reduced.
- Salt 60g.
- Duwell Minerals and Vitamins powder, Duwell Magnesium Liquid.
- Oat chaff, ezibeet, ½ cup oats and ½ bale of hay per day.
- 4 months later – a gradual process of losing weight...
- Perfect behavior. A real gentleman.
- He now can be ridden on the road with no boots. Has developed toe calluses.
- Equine Metabolic Syndrome gone.
- Canters in the paddock.
- Free-moving and happy when ridden. Doesn’t need to warm up anymore.
- Clean winded and appears fit with very little work.
- No longer head flicks.
- Now ridden by a 12 year old girl.
HOOVES 6 MONTHS LATER
- Approximately 10mm of concavity now present. This is the same foot as first photo.
- White line completely tight – no separation. Wall now grows down.
Pinto Boy is a great example of how the right diet can correct major health issues in horses. Correct hoof trimming also enables a horse’s feet correct over time.
Pinto Boy is now sounder than he has been for eight years.