Laminitis & PPID

What is Laminitis, and where does PPID fit in?

Laminitis is a common, painful and ultimately potentially devastating condition affecting the feet and hooves of horses and ponies.

In the foot of the normal horse or pony, the hoof wall and the pedal bone (the lowest bone in the foot) are joined together by a finely structured tissue called the laminae.

Despite the large weights being borne by the laminae, they are relatively delicate, and easily damaged. In the condition laminitis, the laminae become inflamed and extremely painful, making weight-bearing very difficult for affected horses.

Horses and ponies with laminitis will find it difficult to put their feet down, and will often adopt a “rocked back” stance to take weight away from the painful tissues. If the condition goes on for some time, or there are repeated occurrences in a horse, the damage can become irreversible leading to rotation of the pedal bone and permanent foot pain. In many cases of this severity, euthanasia becomes the only option.

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What is Laminitis PPID, and where does PPID fit in?

Talk About Laminitis

Talk About Laminitis is a national disease awareness initiative provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, to improve awareness and understanding of the underlying endocrine causes of laminitis.


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Symptom Gallery

Click on an image to open our gallery of some of the signs you may see if your horse has PPID.

These images are reproduced with the kind consent of Liphook Equine hospital, except image No. 3 which is reproduced with kind consent of Dr N. Frank.

Laminitic ringsHirsuit legsHirsuitismHirsuitism - weight lossEarly PPID coat changesBulging supraorbital padsCushings eye