Courtney King-Dye :Riders4helmets

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US Olympian Courtney King Dye opens the 2nd Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium. You can follow the riders4helmets campaign on facebook at, twitter and Courtney suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a riding accident in March 2010. Courtney was not wearing a helmet at the time of her accident and has since shown her support for helmets via the riders4helmets campaign.

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Please go and see Courtney’s interview. Remember it’s not just you but everyone you know and love on the horse’s back with you.

Originally posted 2012-05-12 07:50:24.

Signs of Laminitis in Horses – Symptoms of Laminitis

A horse with laminitis will likely have sore feet. If you notice your horse doesn’t seem to feel good & seems extremely unwilling to walk even out of his stall, it could be laminitis. Sometimes horses with laminitis will stand with their legs tucked underneath their body. This happens because laminitis most often affects the front feet. Your horse is trying to take the weight off the painful areas by supporting a much of himself as he can with his back feet. In some cases laminitis and founder can also affect the rear feet.

If you think your horse has laminitis, call a vet immediately! If the condition is allowed to progress, the laminae break down and resulting founder can get so bad that the coffin bone can actually come through the bottom of the sole. A horse left suffering with this case will more than likely have to be euthanized.

In a less serious case the horse can probably be saved, but will usually require a long painful recovery and sometimes surgery. In the mildest case your horse may need special shoes. How it all plays out depends on how fast you get your horse to a vet.

Laminitis and founder are serious conditions. The two words are often used interchangeably, but actually refer to two different conditions. Laminitis involves an inflammation of the laminae, which are sensitive tissue I horse’s feet. If it progresses, a bone in the bottom of the foot known as the coffin bone actually rotates, and this is called founder.

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Originally posted 2012-05-03 07:47:50.

Equine Founder

Equine founder is a very serious condition that is due to the complications and tissue damage of the foot after one or more attacks of laminitis. If not treated properly, founder can cause serious and permanent damage to your horse. If you suspect that your horse has laminitis or founder you should immediately start treatment before it gets worse. Read the information below to find out more about equine founder and how to treat it.

What Causes Laminitis?

Laminitis can be caused by several factors including eating too much grain, lush pasture (especially in the springtime), drinking large amounts of cold water when overheated, overweight horses that do not get enough exercise, too much work on a hard surface and stressful situations. Laminitis causes the feet to become very painful and you will notice this when your horse walks. Most of the time only the front feet will be affected, but it can also affect the hind feet as well.

What Exactly Is Laminits And Founder?

Laminits is an infection of the tissue that connects the coffin bone to the hoof wall (this tissue is called laminae). As these layers separate they cause severe pain in the sensitive tissues underneath the hoof wall. Equine founder then occurs as the laminae die which causes the coffin bone to become unattached to the hoof. The arteries and veins also become damaged and the remaining tissues around the coffin bone will be crushed. With severe cases of founder the coffin bone will rotate downwards through the sole of the hoof to the ground.

How Do I Treat Equine Founder?

The earlier that you can start treating founder the better. Not only do you need to start treating this right away to cure it, but you must also remember that this is a very painful condition for your horse and the sooner that you can relieve his pain, the less stressed out he will be. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the case but you should immediately call your veterinarian as he may need to administer pain killers, fluids or antibiotics and give you other information. Corrective shoeing with heart bars as soon as possible is a very effective method to cure founder, however it is important that your farrier knows how to shoe a foundered horse correctly.

Equine founder will not get better on its own and will only get worse the longer you wait. By starting treatment as soon as possible, your horse can recover from this painful condition and be sound once again.

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Originally posted 2012-05-01 07:47:15.

What Founder looks like in a horse

Rick Gore shows a horse suffering from laminitis / founder. I have a couple of links here you can copy and paste to explain founder in more detail. I discuss causes of founder, like too much rich pasture grass or too much grain. You will see this horse shifting her weight, walking slowly, appearing to be in pain and discomfort, her head is low, ears are floppy and her entire demeanor says pain and discomfort. Technically this horse has laminitis and is not in full blown fonder, if this horse was left on rich pasture grass it would turn into Founder. Often these terms are used interchangeable in the horse world.

Originally posted 2012-04-27 07:46:39.

Laminitis offers a Webinar where you can now listen, watch, and learn about what happens within the hoof of a laminitic horse, common causes of laminitis, how horse owners can work with their veterinarians to prevent the disease, and treatment methods.
In May, brought you the industry’s first Web-based live seminar “Understanding Laminitis,” featuring two practitioners and researchers who have spent their lives trying to solve the mystery of laminitis and help horses and their owners. Rustin Moore, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and Jim Belknap, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of The Ohio State University (OSU), hosted the live Webinar at the OSU veterinary school.

Originally posted 2012-04-26 07:44:33.