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HOOF LAMINAE SOS
HOOF LAMINAE SOS
If you are in need of a nutritional solution for your laminitic horse, look no further →
Fleet provides holistic nutritional support for horses who are experiencing laminitis, with a botanical blend designed to support laminae health, reduce pain and discomfort, and accelerate recovery.
Fleet offers a multi-faceted approach to the management of laminitis, and associated internal dysfunctions, to assist your horse in restoring internal balance, for better long-term health outcomes. The laminae of the hoof is particularly susceptible to the damage caused by generalised bodily inflammation, toxicity from drugs, antibiotics, mycotoxins and other environmental toxins, and oxidative cellular damage caused by free radicals. Fleet is designed to target these concerns with nutritional support, whilst alleviating pain and discomfort, so that your horse can mend comfortably and effectively.
Our Laminae-Loving Support Blend:
Flax Seed (Linum usitatissimum)
Flax seed provides a powerhouse of nutrients including proteins, omega-3 essential fatty acids and a prebiotic gum. Prebiotics assist by maintaining healthy gut microbial balance, which in turn reduces systemic inflammation, leaky gut and oxidative damage. Flax seeds also provide omega-3 fatty acid, lignans and other compounds which are directly anti-inflammatory.
Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum)
Devil’s claw is traditionally used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, and may help to reduce uric acid levels in the blood, and deposits in joints. Uric acid crystal formation is associated with joint wear and tear, as the rough crystal structure is abrasive to soft joint capsules.
Willow Bark (Salix alba)
Willow is a natural source of salicylate (metabolised into salicylic acid), traditionally used to reduce inflammation.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Hawthorn is a traditional blood and circulation tonic, used to improve blood and nutrient flow to the hooves.
Nettle (Urtica Dioica)
Nettles are a richly nutritive green herb; they are also used to promote blood circulation and tissue detoxification. Nettles offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
Cinnamon is commonly added at small inclusion rates to botanical blends, to improve delivery of other herbal actives. Cinnamon is traditionally used to improve microcirculation, and possesses insulin-moderating effects.
Australian sea kelp is a rich source of minerals, to nourish the hoof from the inside out. Kelp also provides support from alginates, which bind toxins in the GI tract, reducing the incidence of circulating toxins causing tissue damage in the delicate structures of the hoof laminae.
Bentonite clay draws and binds toxins in the GI tract, addressing potential toxicity issues in the GI tract which can trigger or exacerbate laminitic episodes.
Silica supports the production of collagen, for stronger, more resilient connective tissue, and supports the moderation of inflammatory responses.
Fleet is typically given at a rate of 15g (approximately 30ml by volume) per 100kg bodyweight, daily, for a period of at least 30 days or until your horse is symptom-free. Genetic or dietary factors may determine that your horse will require ongoing or periodic support with Fleet, so observe your horse’s condition over time and evaluate for the re-emergence of early symptoms.
If your horse is experiencing laminitis in conjunction with a metabolic imbalance (obesity, PSSM, lumpy fat storage) it is recommended that Fleet be given in conjunction with Solis, which is specifically tailored to the needs of horses experiencing metabolic imbalance. Liver function should also be considered as a possible root cause of both conditions; in which case HepaForte can be included either for short-term intensive use, or periodically as a part of your horse’s long-term health care plan. For conditions related to viral or bacterial liver infection, Sentinel may be of assistance. For laminitic episodes related to dietary toxins (mycotoxins, aflatoxins, mouldy feed, ryegrass poisoning, weed poisoning, pesticide or herbicide exposure) – use of D-Tox during risk periods is advised. If general hoof insufficiency is an issue for your horse, BioStride provides nutritional support for strong, healthy hooves from the inside out.
Recommended feeding guide:
Feeding your horse a clean, complete, low-NSC, anti-inflammatory diet is essential for success in managing laminitis. Providing Fleet in conjunction with MacroMin daily micronutrient blend ensures that your horse is receiving all their daily minerals and vitamins, many of which play essential roles in keeping your horse metabolically balanced and enabling the manufacture of strong, healthy laminae. Ensure magnesium levels are adequate, and top up with BioMag liquid magnesium as necessary.
Adequate and appropriate roughage should be accompanied by laminitis-friendly concentrate feeds only as necessary to provide protein, essential fatty acids and energy. The most suitable concentrate options for laminitic horses are minimally-processed, grain-free feeds. Sugar beet pulp is the most commonly used carrier for supplements. Available in Australia as SpeediBeet, sugar beet pulp is low in sugar, high in fibre, and swells in water to a soft, palatable mash. Lupins are an excellent source of protein, and have a good Omega oil profile (1:1 ratio of Omega 3 & 6). They are also widely grown in Australia, which is better for the planet, if you are concerned about food miles. Whole lupins are hard and poorly digested, however, soaking overnight allows them to swell up into soft little beans, which horses of all ages can enjoy eating. They will help to provide essential amino acids to the laminitic horse’s calorie controlled base diet of low energy roughage (rhodes grass, sugar-tested teff and late season, low energy native pastures are best). Copra (in moderation) is a palatable, low-NSC, horse-friendly medium for carrying supplements and adding some condition safely. Coconut products provide medium-chain fatty acids for sustained energy, and have properties which support metabolic health, and the development of lean muscle mass. However, copra is high in Omega-6 fatty acid, so should always be given in moderation, and always in conjunction with a flax based product, for Omega-3 balance. Lumiere is an excellent source of herbivore-friendly omega-3 fatty acid, which is essential for moderating pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, and balancing the omega-3-6-9 oil ratio.