10 Early Warning Signs of Laminitis by Allen Gutowski

~Your horse's best chance of overcoming this hoof disease might lie in your ability to catch it early~

It’s a painful condition that veterinarians, farriers, and horse owners have been racking their brains about for decades. Laminitis—the separation or failure of laminae, which connect the hoof wall to the coffin bone within—can cause permanent structural changes in a horse’s foot, leading to repeated bouts of disease and lasting lameness. In severe cases the pedal (coffin) bone in the hoof rotates downward, potentially even puncturing the sole and prompting the decision to euthanize. But get this: Watchful handlers can actually detect signs of laminitis in its early stages and intervene before the condition becomes debilitating.


    Reading Feet | Horse&Rider by Allen Gutowski

    Check out this great article on how to read your horse's feet from Horse&Rider magazine: Reading Feet

    Of course, we at ECB know that our Equine Spa is miraculous for treating all sorts of hoof injuries, including laminitis. It is also a wonderful preventive therapy to help keep your horses happy and healthy!


    Bal a Bali wins first race after battle with laminitis by Allen Gutowski

    Brazilian Triple Crown winner Bal a Bali made a splash in his U.S. debut, capturing the $100,000 American Stakes May 9 at Santa Anita Park.

    The winner of 11-of-12 starts in his native Brazil, the 5-year-old horse by Put It Back squeezed between horses in the stretch under the guidance of jockey Flavien Prat and prevailed by a length over Talco. Gabriel Charles was 1-1/4 lengths back in third.

    The trouble wasn't a concern for winning trainer Richard Mandella.

    "Yes [he had trouble], but he's a pro," Mandella said. "He's run enough times. He knows what he's doing. [Prat is] a pro, too."

    It was not only Bal a Bali's first U.S. race, but it was his first since a battle with laminitis last year.

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