Who we are

Welcome to Laminitis Help, a site for horse owners whose animals have developed laminitis or founder. In 2009, I launched this site by saying: If you own a laminitic horse, I don’t need to tell you that you live in a world unlike any other — one filled with frustration, desperation and guilt, and one where you’re only as happy as your laminitic horse each day. Read more

Do you know about Laminil?

Laminil treatment for laminitic horses looks promising

Laminitis, or inflammation of the hoof, has existed possibly since the 17th century B.C., but it’s taken almost 4,000 years for someone to come up with a way to stop an acute bout of the disease. That someone is Colorado researcher Charlie Owen, who has developed an injectable drug called Laminil, which could be a game changer in the treatment of laminitis. Read more

Latest posts

Filtering water stops laminitis in horses; water tests indicated iron level was safe

Both geldings have seen huge improvement in their feet, even though they are eating grass around the clock.

Iron overload likely caused my horses’ laminitis

In “Clue” like fashion, I’m declaring the cause of my six horses’ laminitis over the last 18 years as an excess intake of iron from weeds, trace mineral blocks and well water, leading to insulin resistance and the insulin form of laminitis.

Climate change may be causing laminitis

Weeds are proliferating due to increased carbon dioxide, rain and heat in the atmosphere, and these weeds have high levels of iron, which can fuel insulin resistance.

Applying weed killer to pasture for horse with laminitis

Over three weeks in June 2015, I sprayed my whole farm using GrazonNext, which was recommended by my local feed store.

Feed more hay to laminitic horse, equine nutritionist says

We’ve created the insulin resistant horse by doing all the wrong things in the name of helping, according to Juliet Getty, Ph.D.

Vet examines why some laminitic feet return to soundness

Some horses recovering from laminitis and coffin bone rotation become sound even though the hoof wall no longer is parallel to the bone. Dr. Debra Taylor, DVM, looks at possible explanations for this occurrence in a video posted on thehorse.com.

What is the link between laminitis and horse smegma?

Horse smegma is not a topic that gets a lot of press. I’ve been on a mission to find the definitive study on smegma and laminitis, and I don’t think it exists.

Angel's journal

Photo journal of horse with laminitis and founder in 2004

My mare, Angel, had one of the worst laminitis cases that my vet in 2004 had seen, and laminitis is his specialty. It occurred to me that I should chronicle Angel’s case with photos. Read more