I too am at my wits end over my Mares health. When I first
subscribed to this group I got the e-mail concerning the emergency
diet but my husband deleted it. I was wondring if you could send me
a copy of it.
--- In EquineCushings@..., 5 Pine Ranch
read the message.
diet. Get started, take charge and control of what your mare is
eating immediately! When we discuss washing hay, we actually want
you to soak it for 1 hour in cold water (lots of water) or 1/2 hour
in hot water, drain the water from the hay and feed it wet. This
reduces the sugar content in the hay. Weigh the hay dry (using a hay
net and fish scale) and let us know how much she's getting. STOP all
grain, feed only hay. She should be getting 2% of her body weight
until we get this sorted out. So if she weighs 900 lbs, she should
be getting 18 pounds of hay before soaking. The Emergency Diet lists
details of supplements we want you to add. Magnesium, Vitamin E,
Salt. That's it for now - we'll deal with the rest shortly.
Resistance? What has caused the laminitis?
Underweight? Thick, cresty neck or unusual fat pads anywhere? Can
you post pictures of her feet? Did I read that she's in boots? Have
you had any x-rays done? If so, can you get copies of those onto the
internet for us too.
diet. She needs safe roughage ONLY. If she's Cushing's, she'll need
horse - OUCH! I'm really hoping that was a typo.