Presentation on theme: "FOUNDERGUARD TM Not Just for fat ponies! Dr Carl Eden BVM&S MRCVS."— Presentation transcript:
FOUNDERGUARD TM Not Just for fat ponies! Dr Carl Eden BVM&S MRCVS
Laminitis only affects fat ponies! / WRONG / Laminitis is extremely common in all horses especially those on high energy diets such as performance horses. / This module is aimed at increasing awareness of low grade or subclinical laminitis.
What causes laminitis? / DIET RELATED CAUSES n Grain induced (starches) 90% of cases n Grass induced (fructans) / Retention of the afterbirth / Trauma on hard ground / Caused by other disease n cushings, toxaemia 10% of cases
But how? / How does something occurring in the gut cause sore feet. / Not completely understood luckily for us majority of cases of laminitis are feed related and preventable.
Preventable? / 1. Through dietary control / 2. In cases where dietary control is difficult with the use of FOUNDERGUARD TM
Founderguard TM works in the hindgut. Stomach Small Intestines Caecum (Part of the hindgut) Small Colon (part of the hindgut) Rectum Large Colon (part of the hindgut) Oesophagus
Low grade or subclinical laminitis / Research in USA showed that up to 50% of horses in training may suffer from low-grade laminitis / In one study 19 of 41 sound TB racehorses had X-ray signs of low grade laminitis / Although “sound” these horses had reduced athletic performance
Recognising laminitis Many horses with manure like this have low grade / sub-clinical laminitis.
Recognising laminitis Many sound horses have x-rays like this
Using your pH meter / Take a sample of manure from within the dung pile. n Saw dust, bedding or dirt can affect the result so ensure you get an uncontaminated sample from within the pile. / Mix equal volumes of dung with water / Test using your pH meter. / Clean your pH meter in running water.
Results / pH values less than 6.5 are too acidic and warrant use of Founderguard TM.