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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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sore heels

my 14.1 H horse has sore heels in both fronts. She is slightly overweight and i'm interested in your suggestion in using laminex.
i'd also like some info/feedback re: how much and how hard i can use her. i want to know what is absolutely best for her - what i use her for is not my priority. is it all dependant on watching for lameness after use? The hardest i'd use her would be on a 2-3 hour trail ride or some loping in games. if this is possible i'd work up to it, observing along the way. or could this take a chance of worsening the condition?
thank you ahead for your reply!

Where are you from? Canada

How did you locate this forum? googled navicular disease

Re: sore heels

Hi Judy,

It really is very difficult to predict how she will do with trail riding. Your idea of taking it very slowly and carefully observing her is the best course of action.

Laminex would be a good idea for a couple of reasons. First, it is high in magnesium which will help her lose weight. And second, it is high in antioxidants, making it beneficial for tissue healing and improved circulation.

Keep me posted!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Colorado