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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Laminitis: Video Lecture on Metabolic Pathway for Hoof Blog Readers

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Settle down...You needed to get out of the heat anyway. Take an hour to catch up on the latest information about laminitis, with a special emphasis on insulin resistance and Equine Metabolic Syndrome.
What this is: a one-hour video Powerpoint lecture by Dr. Don Walsh on the latest research and horse management information related to laminitis, primarily via the metabolic pathway common in pleasure horses. A preliminary explanation of the septis-related form of laminitis is provided to differentiate between the two main forms of the disease.
Thanks to and EQUUS magazine for hosting "Laminitis Lessons: A Webinar for Every Horse Owner" with The Animal Health Foundation's Don Walsh, DVM, and for making this video archive available to readers of The Hoof Blog.

Dr. Walsh
The Foundation is a leading funder of laminitis research and education around the world; it relies solely on donations from individual horse owners and horsecare professionals like you and me to fund research at Dr. Chris Pollitt's Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit as well as at leading veterinary colleges like Cornell University's equine genetics lab and the labs of private professional researchers like Katy Watts of

It's not enough just to soak up the information shared in this webinar. It's not enough even to share this video and the information in it with horse owners or horsecare professionals. Please help by sharing information about the Animal Health Foundation, too and by supporting it with your donation--no matter how small--and encouraging others to do the same.

Without a doubt, horses who have laminitis--and horses who might be risk for laminitis--have benefited from the work of the Animal Health Foundation. Directly or indirectly, you have too. Please give back; the Animal Health Foundation will put your donation to work immediately.

Click on the "Donate Online Now" button to go to the Animal Health Foundation PayPal donation page and click on the "donate" button for PayPal. Donations are fully tax-deductible in the United States and may be submitted from any country, in any currency, via a number of credit cards, any time of the day or night. Thank you.

Donation checks may be sent to:
Animal Health Foundation   3615 Bassett Rd.   Pacific, MO 63069

Photo of Dr. Walsh by Julie Plaster. Thanks!

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Nancy Collins said...

Hi Fran

It's always nice to see when researchers validate what those of us who live with these horses in the barn have known for a good bit of time - ie Endocrinopathic (metabolic) laminitis is different from hind end enzyme induced (placenta, feed room break in, Potomac, etc.) laminitis.

A horse owner who would like to know more about getting the correct diagnosis, what to feed, how to recognize foot issues, how to introduce exercise and the science/facts behind why, are invited to join the Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group

As you know, Fran this group has been supporting owners and their horses for 13 years and now has 10,000 international members.

Thank you Fran.

Nancy Collins
North Sandwich NH

Meg said...

Thank you very much for posting this video about laminitis and grass induced IR. One of my Icelandics has again developed sensitive feet, though probably both could have hoof improvement. I'm working on figuring out how to get things under control with lifestyle changes, then never have this happen again to him.


Susan said...

I have an Icelandic too. these so called easy keepers are hard work to keep off the grass. Thanks for the great video. Now I know that I am not being mean when everyone else has their horse out.