Re: Early Cushing's??
I know. I really get it.
No radiographs ever done due to cost.
Signs of laminitis include bilateral lameness first front, then hind. Lame at a trot, toe first landing. Resistant to walking on any hard surfaces or rough surfaces. Soles are a little softer than would like to see and tender with a hoof tester. Stands in atypical stretched out position. Similar to a horse that has colic. But he has always taken that position when suspected laminitis flare, especially if in soft ground where he can dig his toes in and get sole support. (Does not do this with front feet when Clouds and wedge cushions are on or soft DIM is used.) Also lays down a lot and has mild but pulse (1 out of 3) bilaterally in front is the only place I can detect.
I will just emphasize he only receives 1.5% of bodyweight in grass hay fed through a slow feeder ( which he can eat quite quickly) and he will ONLY eat one supply of hay that is soaked for no more than 15mins. Otherwise he completely refuses to eat for 24hrs at which point we switch back to unsealed slow fed hay for risk of colic.
Hoping to get at least front hoof pics today and shooting for case history to be done this weekend.
Thank you very much