Texas Natural Horse Trim

Texas Resource for Barefoot Horses

 Susanne Elmer



Laminitis and Founder


Laminitis Links


Hoof Rehabilitation  

Pete Ramey


Feeding a Laminitic Horse


Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit – Prof. Pollitt


Biochemist specializing in Laminitis and Cushing’s disease –Dr Kellon



Case Studies

A diagnosis of laminitis is a very scary thing to face as an owner.  Many horses progress quickly to a point where many owners are told the symptoms can be treated but the horse will mostly have to be put down within 3-5 years.


I want to assure you that horses with a first time occurrence of laminitis have a very high success rate of recovery if the source of the problem can be identified and eliminated, in addition to providing a natural environment and physiological trimming of the horse.


Known triggers in some animals of laminitis include all of the following:

1)    Illness causing high fever or damage to the intestines

2)    Anything that upsets the balance of the gut bacteria

a.     Grain over load

b.     Antibiotics

c.     Cyclic feeding

d.     Colic

3)    Poisoning

a.     Selenium

b.     Snake bites

c.     Anything that is toxic to the horses system including plants

4)    Vaccinations

5)    Allergies

6)    Cushing’s disease

7)    Insulin resistance


There are many more things that can cause problems, but these are the most common ones I run into.