Diagnosing Laminitis

What have you seen used to diagnose and evaluate laminitis at the onset and throughout the treatment period?
(Check all that apply)

Hoof testers
Nerve Blocks
X rays
Body language/stance
Growth rings and hoof alterations

Total votes cast: 3039

Comments & Write-in Answers

body language and stance tells us all. We x-ray to determine how seriously the horse is rotated

12/10/2007 6:05:11 PM

'rocking horse stance

12/10/2007 5:42:30 PM

After confirmation, I used a homeopathic remedy, Rhus Tox and Calc Flor. Today my mare is sound.

12/10/2007 5:41:25 PM

never had a laminitic horse personally

12/10/2007 1:39:22 AM

Expert in the field evaluation

12/9/2007 7:05:11 AM

evaluation visual then 3 months later xrays to determine if rotation occured.

12/8/2007 11:54:17 PM

It has been years since I've seen a horse w/laminitis; mostly visual diagnosis used then

12/8/2007 10:40:22 PM

did not stop it only cost more

12/8/2007 1:07:25 PM

flares with white line seperation and long, extending toes as wellas red streaking in the hoof wall.

12/7/2007 10:18:14 PM


12/7/2007 10:01:41 PM

My Mustang had cronic laminitis that was not diagnosed at the onset. due to a incompetent farrier an

12/7/2007 9:34:50 PM

used nitroglycerin creme on inside thigh skin - works better than anything I've ever seen and fast

12/7/2007 7:07:50 PM


12/7/2007 6:29:26 PM

acute episode following colitis, tx with ice, packing, bute, banamine, lidocaine, DMSO- no rotation

12/7/2007 5:57:59 PM

Just me, and my horse, who developed pasture founder this spring.

12/7/2007 4:16:26 PM

Do you shoe right away or wait? How long do you wait?

12/7/2007 1:31:52 PM

Gait analysis device

12/7/2007 12:07:29 PM

Horse got hives. Dexamethasone used to treat. Founder resulted.

12/7/2007 10:53:30 AM

shoulder pain, bulging and tenderness over coronet band, digital pulse

12/7/2007 12:06:32 AM

Gelding got bruised toes, laminitis onset within 24 hours. X-rays showed no rotation, DMSO given.

12/6/2007 11:24:14 PM

Just doing limb stress tests can reveal alot about the soundness of a horse.

12/6/2007 10:43:22 PM

many horses are incorrectly diagnosed navicular when they really have low grade laminitis.

12/6/2007 7:24:12 PM

I've used ultrasound therapeutically to enhance blood flow to the hoof.

12/6/2007 6:53:03 PM

I have an older mare that has Cushing's disease, so she is frequently lame.

12/6/2007 5:00:59 PM

used acupuncture with excellent results

12/6/2007 1:22:31 PM

You could tell by our mares' stance that all was not well, the x rays confirmed laminitis

12/6/2007 12:04:43 PM

Be on the lookout for a crest y neck, overweight and hypothyroid. Thyro L brought our mare around.

12/6/2007 10:32:06 AM

body language and stance tells us all. We x-ray to determine how seriously the horse is rotated

12/6/2007 8:10:08 AM

digital pulse

12/5/2007 10:01:17 PM

I have observed this with other horses, never my own. Knock on wood that they never develope this

12/5/2007 8:54:45 PM

The vets I've used don't have a Clue . 11/2 year later and a JOURNAL on my poor horse. Natural tri

12/5/2007 7:24:50 PM

Body stance, heat in the hooves, bounding digital pulse, and soreness in multiple feet are key.

12/5/2007 7:20:54 PM

higher PDA pulses

12/5/2007 7:03:55 PM

pulse above hoof

12/5/2007 6:55:50 PM

also bimonthly natural farrier evals

12/5/2007 6:17:51 PM

Usually heat in hoof and "bounding pulse" with lameness

12/5/2007 5:50:14 PM

Have been lucky and never had to test for it!

12/5/2007 5:19:19 PM

blood work

12/5/2007 3:25:18 PM

My 20-yr old gelding was "careful" on his feet ... initially diagnosed as a hoof boil.

12/5/2007 2:02:01 PM

We have had 100% success with boots and pads for treatment!

12/5/2007 2:00:13 PM

heat in hoof, increased pulse in fetlock joint

12/5/2007 1:55:51 PM

rubber soles with hard plastic covers

12/5/2007 1:39:19 PM

There was no rotation, so no confirmed diagnosis, but considered grade 1

12/5/2007 1:38:05 PM

Daily interaction with horse & conversing with farrier and/or vet as needed

12/5/2007 1:17:11 PM

Nuclear Cintrigraphy, use of nitro glycerine patches, adequen injections, acupuncture, etc.

12/5/2007 1:17:09 PM

hoof heat, soundness, change in performance

12/5/2007 1:02:02 PM

nuclear medicine bone scan

12/5/2007 12:11:19 PM

My mare came up lame and all the vet exams came back normal. My farrier used a rubber pad to fix it.

12/5/2007 11:56:27 AM

Heat in the hooves and digital pulse. Been there done all these with my Cushings mare.

12/5/2007 11:17:56 AM

2 horses same time in all four feet, used supplements as well as bute

12/5/2007 10:56:06 AM

hand testing for elevated pulses to feet

12/5/2007 10:52:24 AM

vet felt for strong digital pulse by hoof

12/5/2007 10:42:26 AM

Comparative Radiographs using wire for line/angle to check for rotation

12/5/2007 10:18:00 AM

open laminae in the hoof

12/5/2007 9:44:07 AM

Reddens ultimates gave my mare immediate relief-no rotation/movement either

12/5/2007 9:31:56 AM

My vet has everything to help & we succeeded in corrrecting her feet w/ my farrier's expertise.

12/5/2007 9:12:01 AM

never had a horse that had laminitis

12/5/2007 9:07:28 AM

My 17 year old mixed breed first foundered quite badly about ten years ago. Agressive treatment wa

12/5/2007 8:48:31 AM

strong digital pulse. heat in hooves

12/5/2007 7:46:37 AM

I am amzaed as a trimmer how many laminitis cases are misdiagnosed/overlooked by vets.

12/5/2007 7:05:33 AM

palpation of the pulse, actitud of the horse to move, tipical walking, anamnesis

12/5/2007 6:28:31 AM

massage (equissage)

12/5/2007 1:25:03 AM

My vet had very good results treating laminitis in my TB with nitroglycerin patches.

12/5/2007 1:01:08 AM

I have had radiographs done incorrectly according to the instrutions and shod incorrectly .

12/4/2007 11:40:37 PM

Cresty neck

12/4/2007 11:29:41 PM

digital pulse

12/4/2007 10:39:27 PM

I have an IR horse who is laminitic prone

12/4/2007 10:30:02 PM

Tender Footed & limping, leaning on back legs to releive pain. thick wooly that wont shed. laying do

12/4/2007 10:12:37 PM

Heat hooves, swelling inside fetlock/cannonbone area, digital pulse, worried eye, tight muzzle,

12/4/2007 10:08:04 PM

digital pulse and hoof heat

12/4/2007 9:59:15 PM

flexion testing

12/4/2007 9:58:36 PM

Obvious lameness that gets better when booted. A proper barefoot trim and exercise fixes it quickly

12/4/2007 9:53:58 PM

The educated eye can diagnose laminitus and even the aproximate location of the coffin bone.

12/4/2007 9:36:41 PM

Acupuncture and chinese herbs have been a very useful addition to my treatment of laminitic horses..

12/4/2007 9:31:20 PM

vet declined to do glucose and insulin levels which are essential to correct dx

12/4/2007 9:05:08 PM

Never seen laminitis

12/4/2007 8:53:35 PM

tap on the front of the foot and look for muscle twitches

12/4/2007 7:53:46 PM

Natural balance shoes and Gene Ovnicek's techniques saved my horse when her coffin bone rotated

12/4/2007 7:53:37 PM

heat of the hooves

12/4/2007 7:46:24 PM

Digital Pulse

12/4/2007 7:42:21 PM

Has a characteristic stance.. That + heat in afftected feet should be diagnostic.

12/4/2007 7:32:20 PM

checking pulses in legs

12/4/2007 7:18:26 PM

he recovered after 6 weeks in the stall

12/4/2007 6:43:43 PM

digital pulse rate and heat off the hoof wall

12/4/2007 6:40:58 PM

presence of strong digital pulses

12/4/2007 6:39:54 PM

My shetland has cronic laminitus has to wear grazing muzzle whenever in paddock stabled at night .

12/4/2007 6:37:51 PM

Vet had farrior open front of hoof where gas pockets were, put wedge pads and backewards shoes rotat

12/4/2007 6:36:04 PM

horse's gaits/lameness

12/4/2007 6:26:23 PM

The obvious pain that is so excrutiating the animal can't move.

12/4/2007 6:17:41 PM

these are the best tools besdies knowing your horses and feeling for a pounding digital pulse.

12/4/2007 5:59:50 PM

In my horse's cases of laminitis, it was always body language first followed by x-rays.

12/4/2007 5:56:29 PM

Hoof temperature

12/4/2007 5:47:02 PM

I have this vet who can read my horses......

12/4/2007 5:38:18 PM

Cushings testing

12/4/2007 5:09:56 PM

pulse, heat

12/4/2007 5:09:18 PM

Characteristic stance, bounding pulse, can go from bad to worse very quickly.

12/4/2007 4:55:06 PM

bounding digital pulse

12/4/2007 4:50:30 PM

heat in feet

12/4/2007 4:42:20 PM

While I have seen just about everything above used, I have found venograms and thermography helpful.

12/4/2007 4:34:16 PM

12-4-2007 Not only clinical signs but immediate digital x-ray taken on our place.

12/4/2007 4:31:20 PM

Most horses will show the tell tale signs immediatly.

12/4/2007 4:27:13 PM

digital pulse

12/4/2007 3:47:19 PM

blood insulin levels

12/4/2007 3:42:01 PM

I lost a horse to laminitis 2 years ago. Any new treatments on the horizon are welcomed.

12/4/2007 3:32:32 PM

any barefoot trimmer knows the physical landmarks that predict impending problems....why don't vets!

12/4/2007 3:20:46 PM

Keep a daily note on heat in the feet & how strong the pulses are

12/4/2007 3:19:49 PM

Dgital Pulse on fetlock

12/4/2007 3:13:15 PM

Seemed to be caused by Lyme's Disease. Hooves are coming along fine with proper trimming and shoes

12/4/2007 3:09:32 PM

I check for a digital pulse before doing anything else

12/4/2007 3:05:33 PM

After my experiences with laminitis and founder, the best advice about diagnosis is KNOW YOUR HORSE!

12/4/2007 3:05:22 PM

Pulse, heat

12/4/2007 3:05:05 PM

Growth rings and bruised hoof wall are the signs of laminitis.

12/4/2007 3:04:15 PM

I follow advisement from my vet and farrier

12/4/2007 3:00:23 PM

heat in hooves

12/4/2007 2:52:13 PM


12/4/2007 2:47:20 PM

the wisdom of the vet

12/4/2007 2:35:00 PM


12/4/2007 2:29:28 PM

35 years in horse managment, and I have never dealt with a horse with laminitis. hmm Prevention!

12/4/2007 2:24:52 PM

My Farrier Discovered it, We put Bar shoes on him and he is back in work.

12/4/2007 2:18:48 PM

I start low tech and then move up the diagnostic ladder to try to determine what my horse's problem

12/4/2007 1:26:13 PM