Saturday, September 28, 2013

New laminitis research findings - Full Article

The benefits of feeding a balanced diet alongside appropriate forage, grazing restriction and regular low intensity exercise whenever clinically possible in the management of laminitis prone horses and ponies has been highlighted by new research.

Laminitis continues to be a significant welfare problem of horses and ponies, causing widespread suffering. Investigations into the underlying causes and disease processes involved in the condition are ongoing.

Among recent research efforts are four projects completed by the International Laminitis Research Consortium, the research body initiated by The WALTHAM® Equine Studies Group. The group comprises veterinary, nutrition and research experts, including Dr Nicola Menzies-Gow and Professor Jonathan Elliott of the Royal Veterinary College, Annette Longland of Equine Livestock and Nutrition Services, Dr Pat Harris of the WALTHAM® Equine Studies Group, and Clare Barfoot of Mars Horsecare UK Ltd.

The four separate studies, two of which were funded by The Laminitis Trust, have shed new light on:

● The role that grass fructan may have in the development of laminitis.
● The important influence of water temperature when soaking hay to reduce the water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC) content.
● A possible link between recurrent laminitis and reduced anti-inflammatory capacity.
● The potential anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise.

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