/Thought, fact and quote for the day 27/3/12
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/Thought, fact and quote for the day 27/3/12

Thought 4the day: They keep coming. We over the years since i can remember took on the odd few and helped them and rehomed them. The most we took in was 5 in 2010 because of funds, vet bills etc. Then last year it went mad and we took in 23 coming out as a unregistered horse sanctuary in july 2011 as we had ten in already then the rest came. We did this for security for the horses and ponies. This year i  think we will top last year as so far 16 have walked through the gates and i believe another is coming in this am. I know of a few more that will grace us with their presance too. All the horses are secure here til they do get rehomed if they can be rehomed. The founder owns the land outright so noone will lose their home bless them. The ones that can never be rehomed are our permanant lawnmowers bless them. Some get rehomed very quickly others have to wait like beanie for quite a while but the right home does come along when its their time :o)) We have several ready a few under assessment and many who just plod along day to day recovering or getting past issues i couldn't ask for more..
 
Quote 4the day: Even the Greenest horse has something to teach the greatest rider
 
Fact4 the day: Laminitis is a disease that affects the feet of ungulates. It is best known in horses and cattle. Clinical signs include lameness, inflammation, and increased temperature in the hooves. Laminitis is characterized by inflammation of the digital laminae of the hoof, and severe cases with outwardly visibly clinical signs are known by the colloquial term founder.
Laminae

Horse hoof#In...ternal structures
The digital laminae are responsible for suspension of the axial skeleton of the animal within the hooves of ungulates, and act as shock absorbers during locomotion. In Horses there are about 600 pairs of interleaved laminae: the epidermal laminae attached to the hoof wall and the dermal laminae attached to the coffin bone (a.k.a. PIII, P3, the third phalanx, pedal bone, or distal phalanx

Pathology
Laminitis literally means inflammation of the laminae, and while it remains controversial whether this is the primary mechanism of disease, evidence of inflammation occurs very early in some instances of the disease
Laminitis is characterized by a 'compromise in the interaction' of the Laminae between the hoof wall and the coffin bone, the mechanism of which remains unclear and is currently the subject of much research.
Laminitis can be either mechanical or systemic.

Mechanical laminitis
Mechanical laminitis starts when the hoof wall is pulled away from the bone or lost, as a result of external influences. Mechanical laminitis can occur when a horse habitually paws, is ridden or driven on hard surfaces (or loses laminar function, due to an injury or pathologies affecting the hoof wall).
Systemic laminitis

Systemic laminitis is usually bilateral (on two feet) and though it can affect any number of feet, it is most common in the front feet.

At present there are three primary hypotheses for the mechanism that results in laminar failure.
1.Classical inflammation, which includes infiltration of potentially destructive white blood cells.[citation needed]
2.Ischemia-reperfusion injury. Researchers have observed both decreased and increased blood flow to the laminae. As ischemia-reperfusion injury reconciles both observations, it has received much attention in past years.[citation needed]
3.Metabolic derangements that lead to impaired cell function and proteolytic enzyme activation.[citation needed]

Systemic Laminitis can lead to rotation or sinking and this in turn may lead to abscesses, within the hoof capsule, that can be severe and very painful
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