Sponsored by Richard Mansmann, VMD, PhD of
When a horse owner should seek help:
Immediately --For a horse with fever, depression, diarrhea, pneumonia, difficulty foaling, or sudden onset of stiff gaitedness. Lateral radiographs would establish a baseline for possible laminitis
Within 7-10 days--When an abcess or bruise has been suspected but pain not resolved. Lateral radiographs minimally might be indicated.
Within 3- 6 weeks -- If a horse has been stall rested with foot support and medication but has not significantly improved following diagnosis of acute laminitis
Within 2- 4 weeks-- When any lameness is diagnosed, a treatment plan developed but the horse is not improving; an additional work up might be needed
With a body condition score > 7:; There is a need to evaluate the horse's nutrition and exercise progrram. Excessive weight leads to serious concerns especially about their feet. Lateral radiographs are indicated.