Setting the Record Straight on Winter Laminitis


Dr. K's Horse Sense

Since I started writing about winter laminitis several years ago the topic has appeared with increasing frequency in other places.  Spreading the word is always good but several things have been transformed in translation.

Cortisol as a cause.  While it’s true cortisol levels may be somewhat higher with cold stress, they are with heat stress too and we don’t recognize a parallel situation of summer induced hoof pain. If cortisol was a key mechanism it would also put all horses at the same risk, not just those with EMS. While cortisol can sensitize vessels to constrictors, it doesn’t cause constriction itself. Endothelin-1 is the most likely culprit here.

Thyroid hormone as a cause.  It’s not true that thyroid hormone reduces blood flow to the hooves.

Arteriovenous shunts function.  Several discussions of the role of arteriovenous shunts got the mechanism backwards. These shunts bypass the local tissues and send blood back…

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Trumpeter Swans


Every morning and evening this time of the year I hear these birds in the air. Many times they are right over my head while I am feeding and caring for the donkeys and horses. We continue to pray they will land in our hay field soon. I video taped them on a large farm here in Sequim, WA. Enjoy!

Salt For Donkeys, Horses and Mules – Loose is better


Salt For Donkeys Lose Is Better

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Most donkey, horse and mule owners may not think about salt. Did you know that salt blockswere actually designed for cattle? Cows have rough tongues that can easilylick the block. A block of salt is better than nothing at all. The best is loose (granular) salt.

Donkeys, mules and horses have smoother tongues than a cow and may not actually get their needed amount of salt from a block.They may end up biting the blockin an attempt to get more,which canlead toteeth and jaw or tooth problems. The equine suffering from salt- deficient may lick or chew on objectsor may actually lick or eat dirt.

Test your hay to find out how much selenium is in your hay?

Hay for donkeys should have no alfalfa. Test 10% or lower in sugar and protein.

If you have no selenium in your hay purchase equine salt with selenium.

If your hay…

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Donkey Blanket


On Donkey Time ® Hat


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Warning Leaving A Halter On A Horse, Donkey or Mule Can Cause Death Or Self-Mutilation


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Howdy,

The photo above is of me& Lily taken in the summer of 2009, truly one of my favorite photos a wonderfulmemory.

Did you know leaving the halter on is dangerous and can be deadly? My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.

Important considerations

* The halter could get stuck on their hooves, fence or other objects.

* Strangulation can occur when they get the halter stuck on something and fight to get it off

* The halter can grow into the head of the equine (horse, donkey, mule) I have personally seen this and it is abuse

* Dirty itchy halter causes the equine toscratch and work to get it off it’snot natural(think how you would want to be treated)

* Leaving a halter on your horse, donkey or mule will make it easier for people to steal…

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How To Tie The Donkey Whisperer Farm Rope Halter