Take care to avoid laminitis when the new grass starts to grow.

Take care to avoid laminitis when the new grass starts to grow. If a horse or pony over-eats on rich food, it gets inflammation in the feet (in the laminae) and this causes the pain of LAMINITIS. Spring grass is very rich in nutrients and eating too much, too suddenly can cause this. If your horse is not out much at the moment, then you need to get them out a lot in order to get used to the new grass as starts to grow, rather than the first turnout being when there is lots of grass present. If that is the case, then you need to restrict access by using a fence to cut down the grazing area. Horses who have had laminitis in the past are more prone to it the following year.