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Case of a 17 year old pony. Grade 4 Lame on both fronts. Spends much time lying down.  

Hooves in good form so no apparent mechanical reason for laminitis.

No heat. No bounding pulse.

Pony tends towards insulin resistance but w/o clinical symptoms.

Is not on any medications for IR.

Eats hay (2nd cut grass) and some mixed vegetables and fruits. Better for warm weather. Worse for cold.

No other symptoms other than laminitis in 2 fronts and is rather depressed.  Treatment plan? 



Photo credit: Louisiana State University Copyright 1997 provides treatment of laminitis using the traditional methods of proper care of foot, trimming, stabilization and drugs to increase circulation.

Resource PDF: Managing Equine Insulin Resistance

Particularly prevalent in ponies, laminitis or Inflammation of sensitive layers of tissue (laminae) inside the hoof in horses and other hoofed animals show up as lameness, inflammation of the digital laminae of the hoof, and increased temperature in the hooves. In chronic cases when pathology may be observed, vets will use the term "founder." Laminitis can be either mechanical or systemic.

This case is interesting because we do not see the typical "heat" displayed and this pony prefers warm weather.

Tags: care, circulation, equine, feet, foot, homeopathy, laminitis, pony

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BUMP =-= Anyone? 

Dear Gwen. I'm not a vet nor do I take care of horses. However, I gave this a shot by simply putting in 6 rubrics.

I would like to know if the laminitis is worse for cold, or the entire animal? When you say 'depressed' how are we to know? The massive despair rubric contains over 600 remedies.

Here are the rubrics used, where the number 4 was given extra weight for

Extremities: lameness and Generalities: standing aggravates

The "X" means that it was a thought that external heat amel, but it was not used

in the calculation; only the warm weather was counted.

The resulting chart indicates that rhus-tox, aconite, bryonia, and silica may be indicated and lith-carb was a small remedy.

Just realized I did not include 'insulin' symptom. Give rubric hints.

Laminitics should NOT get any fruits/carrots. And hay must be tested so you know that it's not high in sugar.

Test your horse for cushing/PPID. If they have that, it's very difficult to treat them homeopathically. AFAIK no one has been very successful in treating cushings in horses with homeopathy alone. In the end they'll need to go on pergolide.

I've had some success with my old horse, he lived to 28 and had cushings from about age 20. He got laminitis a couple of times but I always managed to make him better relatively fast. The main remedy I used for him was graphites, which seem to fit a lot of laminitis cases, even if they're not "fat and dumb"! My horse was very sensitive, noble and wise and one would think Silicea would be indicated yet he responded to graphites. Most horses with laminitis tend to respond to either s or g.

He also needed very frequent acupuncture treatments and he got chasteberry. With this approach I managed to keep him free of laminitis most of the time, however his cushings was not really controlled.

I have another horse now who also has cushings and has had laminitis and he is on pergolide. If I were you I would test the horse and if positive start pergolide. Laminitis is such a serious and life threatening condition which causes the horse extreme pain, there isn't time to try different remedies and wait for the results. But do try graphites as it has helped many foundered horses. You can also massage his coronary bands, and try to find an acupuncturist. Acupuncture will help with pain also. All ting points are esp useful, TH3 I always use in laminitis/metabolic illness (middle of the front hoof just above hairline.

Chronic laminitics are often better in hot weather and hot wrappings/bandages on their legs because damage to the blood vessels and tissue in the hoof causes vasoconstriction and sometimes neruopathic pain.

I am not saying it can't be done but you'll need an extremely skilled and experienced veterinay homeopath to succeed in completely controlling/eliminating cushings disease. If it's just laminitis with no underlying pathology it is much easier. Read up on graphites and if you don't feel it fits your pony, look in your repertory under nails.

I had a lengthy reply to this but somehow it just didn't post.  So, in short, I'll say this -- I have to respectfully disagree. 15 years of dealing with natural hoofcare pathologies including laminitic, foundered, perforating founder, acute and chronic as well as with EMS, IR, Cushings, Allergies, etc.etc. I've found that horses will respond favorably and heal successfully when taken OFF, totally off, any processed foods or supplements and fed good quality FREE CHOICE hay along with being put back out to grass and fed RAW, FRESH fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc.  While an apple or an orange or a carrot or banana may be high on the glycemic INDEX - the corresponding glycemic LOAD is low; very low. And that is what is crucial to restoring blood sugar and insulin response to their normal and healthy functions. Laminitis is a response to stress on the body or the mind or the spirit of the horse. Everything 'lands in the feet'. 

I have a decent number of articles on my website that back this up with not only anecdotal evidence but scientific studies as well.  >> ARTICLES.  Dr. Pottenger cat studies, Dr. Paul Kouchakoff's study on leukocytosis and more explain what happens to the body when consuming processed feeds/food. Since my clients, many of whom called me to deal with the hooves that have gone laminitic as a result of IR, Cushings, Allergies, EMS and more ... have witnessed their own horses recovering, completely, veterinary confirmed, from these conditions as well as the laminitis using homeopathy and FRESH, RAW foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds), turning their horses back OUT onto grass and feeding free choice GOOD quality hay I have to speak my opinion against the statements of no apples, carrots, grass, etc. etc.  It has been my observations that it is BECAUSE these horses were put back onto grass, onto fresh, raw diets and their hooves tended to properly as well as treated homeopathically that they've recovered. This even includes perforated founders and those that were deemed as 'hopeless' (that's usually when ppl call on me -- I end up being the last resort. Wish they'd call me first! *grin*) 

At any rate, please do read some of the articles there in the Health section as well as the Feed & Nutrition section and I think you'll find some good 'thinking/chewing' material. :)  I also have to add that in treating homeopathically, homeopathics can only go so far without any change in lifestyle, diet, etc. that is a major part of the root cause of the dis-ease. Gotta treat the WHOLE horse -- mind, body AND spirit. :) 



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