Laminitis prevention – shoes vs boots?

laminitis

Hi everyone, does anyone have some suggestions for laminitis prevention after your horse has recovered in terms of shoes vs boots? And any suggestions for boots?

My horse recently had laminitis however isn’t prone to it, it was the first time in 8 years and was a combination of reasons. However, I’d like to make sure it doesn’t happen again! Thanks for any advice in advice!

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    Holly J

    I have Scoot Boots for my recovered gelding and he loves them.

    Fit perfectly and very easy to use and clean. I wanted to avoid shoes at all costs, largely for the maintenance/financial factor, and also at the detriment to the hoof.

    As I’ve learnt from this group, banging nails into an already compromised hoof is a bad idea. Here’s my boy enjoying his Scoots. Acts as if he’s been wearing them his whole life 🥰

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      Abi

      she is a QH too, and had an allergic reaction to either something in her hard feed or from some weeds in her paddock from recent rain. She had hives and diarrhoea which can cause laminitis.

      The vet thinks it was that combined with more green pick that has caused her laminitis. She definitely isn’t overweight or had been turned out for a week therefore wasn’t over-worked so we ruled out those causes

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      Tori L

      I suggest you ask your vet for a blood test? Test for Insulin, Glucose and ACTH. She may have Cushings which becomes evident in an unmedicated horse this time of year in the Southern Hemisphere. It's called the seasonal Rise.

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    Claire

    Have X Rays been done? There are times when shoeing is a better option to correct rotation or thin soles etc but in general boots can handle it so long as you are assiduous about fit , daily cleanliness etc and the trim is optimal and checked regularly.

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      Tori

      Good barefoot trimming regularly, corrects rotation? Why nail a shoe onto an already compromised foot? Thin soles can also be cushioned in boots with therapy pads. Easy to remove for the trimmer :)

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        Claire

        There are many other ways to apply a shoe eg glue ons , casting etc. It may even be a better option if the owner/carer is locked down and cannot care daily for her horse. Shoes would not be my first option but they are still an option that needs to be considered.

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