Overcoming Laminitis: Benny’s Story


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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6 Responses

  1. AnneMarie Azijn says:

    Lucky Benny!

  2. Selma says:

    I have a 15y/o SSHTW. He was just diagnosed with Laminitis in all 4 feet. His white line is stretched. I have him on a dry lot with 2 flakes of a hay per day. Can you tell me how bad your horse was? Were you able to get the re-attachment of the lamina?

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Selma, I can’t answer your question about Benny (I don’t think he was too bad though) but I am concerned that your horse is not getting enough to eat. A starvation isn’t the best answer for laminitis and 2 flakes of hay per day is not enough. As long as your hay is low in sugar, he should be able to eat all he wants. Withholding food causes intense stress for horses and will not help him heal. Testing your hay for NSC’s is highly recommended. 10% or less is best for these horses. If it’s slightly higher than 10%, you can soak the hay for about 30 minutes to reduce sugars. Dr. Juliet Getty (www.gettyequinenutrition.com), Katy Watts (safergrass.org) and the ECIR Yahoo group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/EquineCushings/info) are all great resources for laminitis.

    • Regina says:

      Hi there,
      Thankfully Benny only had a mild case. Today his hooves are completely sound. Be sure that any food stuffs, supplements, oils, etc are organic or of very high quality….it does make a difference! God bless you and your horse.

  3. Kathie Judy says:

    I have an 11 y/o TWH gelding who we have had since purchasing him from his breeder at the age of 2, so I know his entire history – he has been the picture of health until this past December when he came down with a severe case of laminitis and mild founder. Long story short, he had appeared to be almost back to normal (after many vet visits from different vets, special shoeing, supplements, feed change, soaking hay, etc., etc., etc.), and then on Wednesday morning I came out and he could barely walk. Put his front feet in a bucket of ice, gave 10 CC Banamine IM, and have upped the dosage on the various supplements he has been receiving. My farrier (an experienced bare foot trimmer) came by today and examined him, and said that although his one foot is a tad warm, there were no bounding pulses, and he actually was not moving really badly (hopefully the ice & Banamine as soon as I noticed it helped circumvent a full-blown episode. I’ve made him up a dry lot, am soaking all his hay, and have an acupressure/massage therapist coming, but I would like to know what were the amounts of the essential oils that you gave him, and since I have no experience in them, did you give them orally, rub them on, in combination with each other, how often, etc. He is on Cool Stance feed, which has the lowest NSC of any feed on the market (<11%), which has helped quite a bit. I have ordered a grazing muzzle, and will attempt to reintroduce him to grazing for very short periods of time daily once I feel he has recovered sufficiently. Any tips you can give me would be most greatly appreciated.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Kathie–hopefully Regina will respond here. I have heard of some concerns in feeding Cool Stance to IR or laminitic prone horses (because of the high fat content)–you might want to check into that. Just wanted to mention it.

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