Last Friday over 90 people including representatives of the SSPCA and BHS Scotland packed into TVVEC to hear John Keen from the RDVS Edinburgh give a presentation on laminitis.
John talked about the various causes including hormonal imbalances which over recent years have received a lot of attention as contributing to this painful debilitating disease. Whilst acknowledging the difficulty of weight control, particularly in native ponies, John emphasised the importance of preventing obesity to reduce the risk of laminitis. Pasture management and regular farriery is important although he admitted there is still a lot of uncertainty as to why some ponies get laminitis whilst others kept under the same conditions do not.
To promote awareness of laminitis and give owners the chance to test at a reduced cost, for the next two months TVVEC are offering a laminitis package which will include a clinical examination, front foot x-rays, a blood sample and lab fee. Please contact reception for details.
£125 was taken as a donation to the charity for racehorse rehabilitation.