Equine founder and laminitis
are very similar forms of the same disease. Founder is
basically the end stage of laminitis. This disease is
extremely painful to horses and may develop in all four
legs. However the front legs are the most commonly affected.
Foundering occurs when the coffin bone eventually detaches
from the damaged laminae. In extreme cases the coffin bone
will rotate downwards and push through the hoof sole.
The causes of this disease are:
Feeding too much grain
Drinking cold water when the horse’s body
temperature is elevated
Sudden access to lush pasture
The common symptoms are:
Standing with front legs out while putting weight on
the heel to alleviate pressure
Prefers laying down
Digital pulse becomes present
foundering is suspected, Dr. Winter should be called
immediately. If caught early enough, he is able to perform a
series of IV treatments which aids in preventing further
damage. In most cases, foundering can be prevented and
proper owner management is essential.