A Guide to Feeding a Horse with Laminitis

White horse feedingLaminitis is a serious inflammation inside the hoof of a horse and other animals. A diet for a horse with laminitis must always have low sugar. According to research, high sugar levels in horse feeds causes the blood insulin to rise. As a result, it triggers laminitis especially those that feed on rich grass pasture.

Besides being low in sugar, the horse diet must have high-quality proteins to allow repair of the already damaged hoof tissues, and also to meet the horse’s nutritional requirements of minerals and vitamins. Horse feed for a laminitic horse does not have to be complicated. Here are a few ways that can help any horse owner.

The diet should be low on sugar

A horse’s diet should be forage based, and a laminitic horse’s feed is no different. However, unlike other horses, these horses require low sugar. You should graze your horse in the morning hours as this is the time sugar levels in the grass are lowest. Alternatively, you can feed horses low sugar hay, such as stemmy lucerne hay or stemmy tropical grass hays.

No grain by-product or grain-based feed

Sometimes you might feel compelled to add to your laminitic horse’s forage feed. If so, ensure that the feed type that you select does not contain corn, oats, rice, millrun, barley, millmix, bran (rice and wheat), or any type of grain. As such, any grain or feed that you feed your horse should have a maximum starch level of 12%.

It is critical to ensure that your laminitic horse’s feed is always balanced. This way, you will cover the horse’s requirements for amino acids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. These nutrients are essential in ensuring that you prevent bouts of laminitis and also to help the horse fight any other possible sickness or health issue.