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Horse Paddock Care - Laminitis

Laminitis is one of the most common causes of lameness and disability of horses and ponies. Laminitis is a disease that affects the feet of hooved animals. It is characterised by inflammation of the digital laminae of the hoof. Severe cases with outwardly visibly clinical signs are known by the colloquial term 'founder'.

 

If you suspect that your horse may have developed laminitis, seek advice from your vet immediately. Early treatment is often critical and can dramatically reduce the likelihood of founder.

 

What is the best grass seed for horses with Laminitis?

Horses with laminitis need a diet with a reduced sugar (Sucrose and Fructan) content. Therefore it can be advisable to reseed grazing areas with a special paddock grass mixture for laminitis. We recommend our Choice Horse & Pony Paddock mix which is free of ryegrass and other high sugar grasses. The species included in this mixture don't require excess fertilising to maintain a healthy sward which can help to keep sugar content more consistent throughout the year.

 

 Another option is our Triple 'H' mixture without ryegrass. This stands for Horse, Health & Herb and is a mixture enriched with herbs to improve palatability and trace element intake. 

 

In order to reduce intake further, strip grazing can be used by dividing large paddocks into smaller strips using suitable fencing. This also allows areas to rest to avoid overgrazing and can be used to produce a hay cut if necessary.