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What Causes a Horse to Founder and Can They Recover From It?

We were told our horse might have foundered. Our grandson saw the concern in our faces and immediately asked, what is founder, and why are you so concerned? Founder, sometimes called laminitis, can be caused by several things, including diet, genetic predisposition, and overmedicating, Founder usually refers to chronic inflammation of the coffin bone in …

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Why are Horses so Fragile? Delicate Legs, Sensitive Stomachs

My granddaughter’s barrel horse bowed a tendon and is going to lay up for a while. Her horse has tons of potential but can’t stay healthy, and this recent injury caused her to wonder why horses are so fragile. Horses are fragile because of the structure of their anatomy. The two most prevalent issues are …

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Senior Feed: Can a Horse Founder (Laminitis) on it?

Our neighbors’ horse recently foundered while on a senior feed diet, which I found surprising. I decided I needed to learn more about feeds designed for geriatric horses and founder, so I did some research on these topics. Horses can founder even though they are on a senior feed diet. A simple grass hay diet …

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