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Equine Laminitis - The Condition the Symptoms and the Treatment


Laminitis is a highly traumatic and painful condition, that can affect ponies and horses, and requires immediate first aid treatment provided by your veterinary surgeon and farrier. This condition is ideally treated using the Imprint® Equine Foot Care System together with other medication and advice as prescribed by your veterinary surgeon.

A fairly normal looking foot

It is important that laminitis treatment begins swiftly and advice followed carefully to increase the likelihood of a full recovery for your horse.


Laminitis is a major vascular crisis that results in inflammation and weakening of the laminal structures and bonds within the horses hoof. The damage to the hoof tissue could be severe and may cause rotation and sinking of the pedal bone. 

The following symptoms may indicate the presence of laminitis: 

    Difficulty in walking and turning

    Standing awkwardly with more weight on hind legs, whilst shifting weight from one

      foot to another.

    Hooves may feel warm to touch with increased digital artery pulse rate.

    Depression at coronary band


Laminitis - The Inside Story


    The blood supply to the hoof has been

      disturbed through a laminitic trigger

      factor that affects the horse’s

      metabolism. Possible trigger factors

      include diet, toxaemia,

      stress, hoof concussion or another

      condition e.g. Equine Cushing’s Disease.

    As a result of metabolic disturbance,

      blood vessels have become constricted,

      thereby  reducing oxygen and other

      nutrients to the hoof and laminal tissues.

    The laminae become damaged and

      weakened and pull away from the hoof


X-ray shows laminitic condition

In a healthy foot, the front of the pedal bone would be parallel with the hoof. This x-ray shows how deterioration of the laminal structure has resulted in pedal bone rotation.

  •  The pedal bone is no longer supported by laminal structure and begins to rotate and

      descend towards the sole.

  •  The tissue in the sole of the foot becomes compressed, more blood vessels collapse

      leading to further crushing and subsequent infection.


Laminitis - The Treatment



Recommended Imprint Emergency

Treatment for Laminitis 

  1. Stable your horse on a clean, deep, shavings bed

  2. Administer medication as prescribed by your vet

  3. Review your horse’s diet with your vet

  4. Your vet will organise radiographs (X-rays) of the affected hooves

  5. Your farrier or referral farrier will trim & re-balance hooves using radiographs

  6. Your farrier or referral farrier will apply Imprint First shoes



Imprint First Aid for Laminitis

Imprint First - Aid for Laminitis

The Imprint Laminitis Treatment Programme

The Imprint Equine Foot Care System was developed by Andrew Poynton, FWCF, after many years of research, development and consultation with veterinarians and

farriers into suitable treatments for laminitis. Imprint Equine Foot Care System utilises patented, low-melt, thermoplastic technology that enables the Imprint shoe to be moulded and glued to the hoof without the need for nails. Their application to a carefully trimmed and balanced foot, with the aid of radiographs, is non-traumatic and the recovery rates are consistently good. Imprint First shoes provide immediate support by stabilising and inhibiting pedal bone movement via the unique Imprint Frog Cradle.

Once the shoes have been applied, the horse should experience immediate comfort and pain relief - the pressure now being taken by the Imprint shoe and not the sole.The shoes are generally fitted in pairs to provide even support, and laminitis normally affects both front or in more severe cases, all four feet.

The Imprint Equine Foot Care System is prescribed by leading equine veterinarians and fitted by qualified farriers both nationally and internationally.

Horse before treatment for laminitis

Horse before laminitis treatment

showing typical laminitic stance


After laminitis treatment

Horse standing normally

after laminitis treatment with Imprint First


Laminitis - On-going Care  


  1. Continue with box rest for at least 30 days or until advised by your vet

  2. Provide a deep, supportive bed of clean, dry wood shavings or another material that moulds to the underside of the foot.

  3. Review the horse’s diet with your vet.

  4. Pick out and thoroughly disinfect hooves twice a day to avoid build up of foreign matter.

  5. Re-application of Imprint shoes as directed by your farrier approximately every 5 weeks to ensure ‘ideal’ pedal bone/ hoof capsule alignment. Further

          radiographs may be required or

          requested by your farrier.

Imprint Plus Horseshoe

Imprint Plus

For next stage recovery from laminitis

    6.   During the next stage of recovery, when the horse is being given gentle exercise,

          Imprint Plus shoes should now be applied. With their improved polymer

          formulation, Imprint Plus shoes provide all the support and flexibility together with

          increased wear and grip qualities on most surfaces.


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