Laminitis is an inflammation between the hoof wall and the hoof bone and is usually caused by a metabolic disorder. The inflammation and the resulting fluid increase the pressure in the foot, causing enormous pain. Due to the inflammation, the slats in the hoof can come loose, causing the hoof bone to tilt in the hoof.
Laminitis has an acute and a chronic phase. In the acute form, the horse is suddenly in great pain and will try to relieve his feet. In this case, the veterinarian should be called in immediately to inhibit the inflammation and prevent the hoof bone from tipping over.
In the chronic phase, the hoof bone is more or less tilted and will cause pain from time to time.
As mentioned earlier, action must be taken as quickly as possible in the acute phase to avoid tilting the hoof. The vet will want to inhibit pain and inflammation with medication. The owner is advised to cool the feet and provide good ground cover so that the horse can feel as comfortable as possible.
In addition, pulsating magnetic field therapy can be used very well because it also has an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. We then use the main pad. Here the horse is standing on a rubber plate, which contains coils in which the magnetic field is generated. Because the magnetic field comes from below, the effect is very large. An additional advantage is that the plate is thick and softer than the stable floor, so that the front feet are immediately relieved during treatment.
The plate can possibly be placed in the box, so that the horse does not have to walk far. A treatment takes half an hour and we often see that the horse has much less trouble moving after a treatment.
By starting treatment right at the beginning, it interacts with anti-inflammatory agents and in many cases can prevent tilting of the hoof bone.
At FPC de Hofstede, a number of hoof-infected horses were treated with the main pad, in addition to normal therapy.
They followed a patient during the treatments by making a thermography. The patient with laminitis clearly saw a very large hot spot on the front of the crown edge and a large part of the hoof. The difference was several degrees. During the treatment, your band of heat in the hoof slowly decreased, and the difference in degrees with the other hoof decreased. Most notably, the horse walked better every day after treatment than on its way to treatment!
With chronic laminitis, depending on the amount of pain, you can treat with the main pad.
On the days when the pain is clear, it is important to combat it and we only treat at 2 Hz. In the intervening period, treatment can be carried out at the higher settings to improve blood flow as much as possible and thus make a positive contribution to keeping the feet as good as possible.
An additional advantage of using magnetic field therapy is that the hooves grow faster and the sole thickens. This allows the farrier to correct more often to keep the foot in the best possible shape.
When using the main pad, the horse clearly indicates whether the chosen position is correct. At the lowest frequency (2 Hz), all horses will like to be on the main pad after a short period of acclimatization. When using the higher frequencies, some horses clearly do not want to remain on the record. Then listen to your horse, there may still be pain and inflammation present, and treat a number of times at the 2 Hz setting.