By Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS
A complex condition and number two cause of death in horses laminitis is related to the over-feeding of grass and grain and is actually a metabolic disease that affects the laminellar tissue, specialized tissue that ensures the structural integrity of the hoof by adhering the coffin bone to the inner hoof wall. Because of the highly vascular nature of the horse’s hoof it is extremely susceptible to inflammation and damage especially from digestive toxicity resulting from the over-feeding of starches and sugars.
The lamina becomes stressed from high blood sugar levels as well as leaky gut syndrome where the bacteria, acids, and toxins migrate from the hindgut to the hoof initiating damage. Once the laminar tissue becomes weakened the connection between the hoof wall and coffin bone separates causing pain and inflammation. If left unchecked the coffin bone eventually drops – at which point it is labeled as founder.
The three major factors that trigger laminitis as caused by the feeding of high starch grains, and grass and hay which are high in sugars are Cecal Acidosis (leaky gut), Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome.
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Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS
• Equine Health & Nutrition Specialist
• Homeopathic Practitioner
• Medical Intuitive/Healer
• Seminar & Retreat Facilitator
“Helping Horses & Their People”
Marijke has been a Natural Health Practitioner and Energy Healer for nearly two decades. She is a gifted and widely respected healer who uses a blend of exceptional knowledge, modern science, ancient wisdom and medical intuition giving her an uncanny ability to track the underlying causes of unwellness. She uses a variety of modalities to help horses (and their people) including diet, clinical and therapeutic nutrition, homeopathic medicines, energy testing and energy healing.