Smokey's sair feet!RSS feed

Posted: Sunday 9 March, 2008

by Rosemary at 12:28pm in Equines 3 comments Add your own

When we came back from holiday, Smokey had developed a mild case of laminitis. While we were away, the weather had been mild and sunny resulting in a flush of grass - so sair feet for the boy. Laminitis isn't uncommon in slightly overweight ponies who aren't doing much work but it can be very serious if the inflammation is bad.

Lucky for us, it wasn't but it's put an end to Smokey's outdoor 24/7 lifestyle. He's now boxed at night and out for part of the day in a field with his chums but with very little grass. To be honest, he's quite content being in - I thought he might fret, but no. A fellow owner feeds him in the morning, gives him a fresh haynet and tops up his water. I go up at lunchtime and longrein him in the arena before turning him out; I do his box and fill his haynets for night then go back to work (I have my office window open now!); I then go back up about 6pm and bring him in for the night. It's much more intensive management BUT the increased contact has improved our relationship, I think, and hopefully, I'll be able to get some weight off him.

Two other native ponies at the yard has also developed laminitis in the last couple of weeks, neither very serious, fortunately but it's much earlier than usual, so we'll need to be VERY careful in the "real" spring.



Friday 14 March, 2008 at 12:49am

That is to bad! We call that Foundered here, and can be very serious. Glad you caught it early.

How far away from your home is his stall?


Tuesday 18 March, 2008 at 7:43am

Hi, Wanda

He's about 10 minutes by car away. We were very lucky - one of the two other ponies had to be destroyed last Wednesday. She had a history of laminitis - her owner worked really hard to manage it but it was too bad this time and Pepper's quality of life was poor. Very sad.


Sunday 23 March, 2008 at 3:51am

That is so sad. Glad that Pepper had a caring owner that had the strength to say, NO MORE, to Peppers pain.

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