Laminitis is an inflammation of the sensitive laminae that connect the horse’s hoof to the coffin bone. Laminitis results in failure of this laminar attachment to some degree. Thus, the coffin bone is no longer securely anchored within the hoof. This "crippling lameness" can shorten horses' working lives and can sometimes require euthanasia.

Once a horse has had laminitis, he might be at higher risk for future episodes. Manage these horses appropriately to avoid more problems.Get the facts to help better understand laminitis, its causes, treatments, and affects on the physiology of the horse. This free fact sheet includes an overview of laminitis, causes, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and tips for prevention.