I know this is off topic and I apologize, but this was my first thought after many pointless Google searches. My horse has laminitis, and I really need your advice and input on what to do with her. Have any of you had experience with a laminitic horse? What is the best thing for me to do, and are there any special remedies or practices that you recommend? Once again, I apologize for being off topic...I just have come to realize that there are many friendly simmers out there who love horses just as I do and some may be able to help me. Thank you, I appreciate your time.
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Oh dear - I'm sorry to hear that. Hope your four-legged pal recovers soon!
Treatment of laminitis is mainly down to diet, as far as I can remember. Watch his weight - don't give your horse access to lush grazing or cereal mixes, but don't starve him either! You have to be extremely careful of what you feed him.
My advice? Get thee to a vet - he or she will know what to do far more reliably than a random person on the internet (e.g. - me).
There may be vets on here that can answer this question much more successfully than I can, but in the meantime, this is a link to the British Horse Society leaflet on the condition - it's one of (if not the) heavy hitter in terms of reputation and prestige in the UK, and I'd tend to take their word as more reliable than, for example, a wiki.
Oh no...not laminitis. My best wishes and thoughts go out to your mare in hopes she's able to recover.
And yes, as FantiSci says, get her to a vet.
You know, I've always had this thought in my head for quite a few years, that ocean water was beneficial for helping with laminitis...I'm not sure where I read or heard it though, or if it's even true...
EDIT: I don't mean drinking it!
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Feed a quality hay and if she seems hungry, add fiber such as bran mash or a little beet pulp if her weight is dropping too much. Keep her off lush/rich feed and, some topical rubs can ease her discomfort temporarily.
Also make sure she has a salt based mineral lick available. I generally offer a sulfur lick if I have to treat one with laminitis as well as a red multi mineral lick. It seems to help a bit, and they do tend to go for the sulfur more often.
Vampirism is not a disease to be cured, it's a state of being.
Thanks DarkAmaranth1966, we've given her a fresh new salt lick.
An update: After the X-Rays, the vet says that it's a sinker (I'm not to keen on the terminology, you guys may know more) but it has not yet rotated. So it is serious but there is still hope that she can pull through this