Founder and obesity

Fat Horses Have Problems

Did you know it is just as dangerous for a horse to be overweight as it is to be underweight? Horses evolved to live on sparse tough grass and to be able to run fast on specially designed legs. Carrying too much weight makes the horse likely to experience:

  • Pain and inflammation such as arthritis
  • An increased risk of secondary disease and organ failure such as laminitis and equine metabolic syndrome
  • Poor quality of life
  • A shortened life span

All good horse owners ensure that their horse stays within a sensible weight range by providing suitable food and plenty of exercise. Allowing a horse or pony to become overweight is just as cruel as not feeding them enough. Do you need some help with sorting out what to feed your horse?

Laminitis is a disease that affects the feet of hooved animals. Severe cases with outwardly visible clinical signs are known by the colloquial term founder, and progression of the disease may lead to perforation of the coffin bone through the sole of the hoof, requiring aggressive treatment or euthanasia.

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For further information: Read Body scoring and weight reduction