Seminar Series 2008
Risk factors for naturally occurring laminitis in Pony Club horses
|3.00pm - 4.00pm
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Conference Rm, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute
Ms Petra Buckley, Lecturer, School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University
Risk factors for naturally occurring laminitis in Pony Club horses in regional Australia
Petra Buckley 1 , BVSc, DipClinVetStud, MVetClinStud, MACVSc (Equine Surgery)
John Morton 2 , BVSc (Hons), PhD, MACVSc (Veterinary Epidemiology)
Glen T. Coleman 2 , BVSc (Hons), PhD
1 School of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 588, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia. 2 School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland , 4072, Australia .
This is the first report of repeated observations of naturally occurring laminitis in a cohort of horses.
A prospective longitudinal study involving 84 Pony Club horses in regional Australia to investigate health and performance of Pony club horses.
Of 84 study horses, 23.8% (20/84 animals) experienced 32 laminitis events from June 2000 to July 2001. Acute and chronic active cases of laminitis occurred in winter or spring. The duration of a laminitic episode varied from 14 days to 99 days. The majority of laminitis cases (89% or 16/18) progressed to one and up to four more bouts of laminitis and/or recurring lameness during the study period.
Three logistic regression models were built. Risk factors included body condition of the horse, gender and several pasture variables.
The authors would like to thank participating Pony Clubs, David Buckley, Garry Anderson, Charles Sturt University and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
For further information about this seminar please contact:
- Petra Buckley via email