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Laminitis also known as founder, is an inflammation and deterioration of the laminae of the hoof. The wall of the hoof separates from rest of the hoof, causing extreme pain and difficulty walking.

Horses with laminitis tend to be lame in all four feet at the same time. Ridges form in their hooves as their hooves continue to grow. The toes of the hoof begin to curl up. But these are signs of chronic laminitis.

Ponies and overweight horses kept on rich pasture are the most likely to founder.

Acute laminitis is indicated by heat in the hooves and lameness. A farrier or veterinarian can make a definitive diagnosis. You can also tell because horses will be very reluctant to move, even when you have grain. They will seem depressed and will look sick. Their cornet band (the top part of the hoof) will be hot to the touch, and if you pinch on the horse's ankle you will feel a raging pulse. Also, horses may stick their back legs underneath them and their front legs forward, in an attempt to keep weight off the usually afflicted front legs.

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What is the most common cause of laminitis?

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How do you get rid of founder in horses?

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What is laminytis is horses?

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