History & Use of Jiao Gu Lan Herb For Laminitis Treatment

History & Use of Jiao Gu Lan Herb For Laminitis Treatment

by Zoe Manning 5 min read

The herb Jiao Gu Lan has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Because of the herb’s ability as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it has beneficial effects for horses suffering from Laminitis. It also has a powerful ability to increase blood flow in the hoof due to its ability to modulate nitric oxide.
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Springtime Laminitis & Steps To Prevention-Missy's Bucket

Springtime Laminitis & Steps To Prevention

by Zoe Manning 1 min read

Springtime Laminitis has started already and it's not even Spring! Here is Zoe of Missy's Bucket talking about some of the key approaches that will help prevent the onset of this terrible disease.

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Laminitis - What Does it Actually Look Like?-Missy's Bucket

Laminitis - What Does it Actually Look Like?

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

Many horse owners, even equine professionals, will ignore these symptoms unless the horse is actually lame. However, they can all indicate serious pathology in the hooves and be a sign of things to come.
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Laminitis - Digital Pulse And What Does It Feel Like?-Missy's Bucket

Laminitis - Digital Pulse And What Does It Feel Like?

by Zoe Manning 1 min read

The digital pulse is the pulse flowing through the artery to the hoof and is a useful tool in determining if a horse has inflammation in the hoof capsule. It is also useful in determining if a horse could be suffering from Laminitis.
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Laminitis - What Should I Feed My Horse?-Missy's Bucket

Laminitis - What Should I Feed My Horse?

by Zoe Manning 5 min read

Diet is key when it comes to addressing laminitis and founder in horses. The number one priority is to ensure that the diet is low in simple sugars and starch.

When testing forage, Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC) is the measure of simple sugars. It's the ESC and starch that need to be considered when assessing forage for the laminitic prone horse. Anything with a combined ESC and starch content below 10% is considered safe. Unfortunately, many feeds, pasture and even hay, can be much higher than this.

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Laminitis - Does My Horse Need Pain Relief?-Missy's Bucket

Laminitis - Does My Horse Need Pain Relief?

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

It is very tempting to want to give your laminitic horse pain relief medication such as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory phenylbutazone (bute). However, these medications must be used with caution and preferably only in the first 3-5 days. 
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Laminitis - Is Your Horse At Risk?-Missy's Bucket

Laminitis - Is Your Horse At Risk?

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

Unfortunately, one of the biggest risk factors for laminitis and founder in horses is domestication. In the wild, horses will often cover very long distances looking for food and water and their digestive systems have evolved to be very efficient in obtaining energy and nutrients from sparse low-calorie fodder.
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Laminitis - Signs and Symptoms to look out for-Missy's Bucket

Laminitis - Signs and Symptoms to look out for

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

Not all the signs of Laminitis are obvious! Your horse doesn’t have to be standing ‘Camped under’ in the classic Founder Stance or have ‘Aladdin’ slipper feet! Some of the signs can be subtle and easily confused with other common problems.
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Laminitis - What Happens Inside The Hoof?-Missy's Bucket

Laminitis - What Happens Inside The Hoof?

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

It can be confusing for people to actually visualise what is happening inside the hooves of their laminitic horse, so we’ve drawn some pictures for you! But first, before we go into what’s ‘abnormal’ we need to have an understanding of what’s ‘normal’
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Fatty in the Paddock? Laminitis Prevention Starts Now!-Missy's Bucket

Fatty in the Paddock? Laminitis Prevention Starts Now!

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

4 STEPS TO PREVENTION - Once Laminitis occurs, depending on the severity, it can be a death sentence for many horses. If they are lucky and dont have a catastrophic hoof failure, then rehabilitation is possible, however prevention is far preferable. Rehab takes dedication and a lot of time and expense, and for some horses, a full recovery may never be possible.
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Laminitis - Definition and Causes explained-Missy's Bucket

Laminitis - Definition and Causes explained

by Zoe Manning 4 min read

‘Laminitis’ simply means inflammation in the lamina. ‘Founder’ is the term used to describe a horse where the condition has caused the pedal bone to rotate and/or sink in the hoof capsule. 
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Horse Muzzles - Tips and Tricks for Use-Missy's Bucket

Horse Muzzles - Tips and Tricks for Use

by Zoe Manning 7 min read

Your fat horse has been locked in the ‘jenny craig’ paddock now for weeks and he’s starting to get fed up, he might be missing his mates, walking the fence or just standing around looking a bit depressed. 
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