Avrils experience of dealing with Serenity’s very serious and what became a chronic laminitis situation highlights the physical and emotional stress that both horse and owner experience during this terrible situation.
A horse lover all my life, I have owned my own horses for about 25 years. While I lived in the South of France my horses were on my own land, the dry mixed terrain with stones, tree copses
Then in 2017 Serenity started having breathing problems, she was always over weight and I watched her closely. The vet diagnosed COPD and gave me Ventipulmin and told me not to feed her hay but
May 2018: One evening I find Serenity lame and walking reluctantly and obviously
June 2018 – Serenity is still on 6kg of soaked hay in the dry lot with access to her shelter. We are still administering bute. After her
With the CalmHealthyHorses
To help me keep going I join Treating Laminitis the Natural Way Facebook FB page. I get advice from Nick Hill and decide to have another trimmer look at Serenity’s hooves and Rachel Briffa Gemini
Rachel gives me some more support, having an experience
August 2018 Sometimes Serenity was just lying down outside the shelter which was very distressing but made examining and cleaning out her feet easier. Support and help from my friends
For all of you going through
September 2018 Slowly I make the dry lot bigger and when Serenity starts to feel a bit better take her out for tiny walks on the soft grass surface outside her dry lot. She is now on about 12 kilos of soaked hay a day and a handful of Thunderbrooks healthy herbal chaff in a bucket with Turmeric, salt, ultimate oil and Alleviate C. I cut a lot of nettles to dry and feed willow branches nearly every day as pain killers as I was worried that feeding bute long term can be very bad for their gut.
As the oppressive heat of summer gave way to cooler Autumn weather and rain Serenity was still in the small area with the shelter, so I put a rug on Oshe, she was 16 and had never worn a rug in her life so it took a little while until she accepted it. The abscesses in Serenity’s front hooves finally and painfully burst. Rachel warned me I must keep them clean and dirt free to avoid infection as the bones which have rotated are exposed and at risk of infection. This scares and worries me; while the actuality of covering her hooves and keeping them clean in the mud and waning light of the winter nearly overwhelms me.
Rachel is brilliant, at this point she is trimming Serenity every 3 weeks and she uncomplainingly dresses Serenity’s feet with clean baby’s nappies cloths and plastic sheets cut to size, then black bale tape is used to hold it all on. In between her
January 2019 Finally, after months of toiling in the wet and mud Serenity’s protective padding can come off for the last time. Suddenly it seemed she was walking completely sound and trotting around when I let her out into the restricted field for a few hours, then later and finally I could let her out of the dry lot completely.
July 2019 Both horses are on the Calm Healthy Horses products, Serenity remains on Grazezey and Alleviate C and Oshe has a small amount of Alleviate C, Both have Premium MVA. They both are calm and healthy. Even Oshe who is also much less spooky than before. She had suffered for years from Ovarian Cysts and I could not ride her when she was in season, but now I ride her every week. They are on some soaked hay and some
I know the ideal situation would be a track system but as I do not own the land I have to do as so many others do and cope with what I have. I manage the grass as best as I can, I feed plenty of good hay with a simple bucket where I can add their important vitamins and minerals. I have learned a lot though this terrible experience but now I am in a good position to manage my horses so that this doesn’t happen again. I hope this article can be of help and encouragement to all the other owners out there with horses that are struggling with Laminitis. Do not feel guilt, do not