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BeetNote Laminitis

SpeediBeet for horses suffering from laminitis

What is laminitis?

Laminitis literally means: “Inflammation of the laminae”.

The disease occurs in a number of phases; in the worst case, the coffin bone will completely lose connection with the hoof wall. Currently we know that laminitis is caused by a number of factors which are related in an extremely complicated way and which depend on three main triggers:

  1. Mechanical damage
  2. Blood flow
  3. Metabolic triggers

Leaving out mechanical damage, this leaves us with both the blood as well as the metabolic causes which can be affected by the diet. In the vast majority of cases, an excess of sugar or starch intake can be seen as the main culprit.

Rhinoceroses can suffer from laminitis too

Laminitis does not only affect horses; all herbivores can suffer from a form of laminitis. In cows and sheep it is known under the name of acidosis and laminitis is even observed in rhinos living in captivity.

Too fast

When an overdose of starch is taken in, the gut hasn’t got the capacity to digest the feed at that rate. The undigested sugars and starch arrive together with the bacteria which normally do their job in the small intestine in the large colon and caecum.

This invasion of bacteria that ferment the starch, combined with a large quantity of ‘fuel’, changes the environment in the large colon and caecum. The bacteria which normally live in those parts of the gut die, and the ‘wrong’ bacteria that love an acid environment, start to multiply. These are the type of bacteria which produce dangerous endotoxins during the digestion of foodstuffs.

Which feed is suitable?

Pavo SpeediBeet does not contain starch and very little sugar; precisely for that reason it is an ideal feed for horses and ponies which are prone to laminitis.
It is a fact that during the digestion of SpeediBeet, less lactic acids are produced in the gut than during the digestion of hay.