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Understanding Mechanisms That Lead to Laminitis

In laminitis, the tissue that suspends the horse’s axial skeleton within the hoof capsule separates at the junction between coffin bone–associated (dermal) and hoof wall–associated (epidermal) tissue layers. This separation allows the coffin bone to rotate and sink within the hoof capsule, causing crippling lameness. This study evaluates what causes separation of the epidermal and dermal layers of the digital laminae in horses with laminitis. The findings may lead to therapeutic management of this disease.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Samuel J. Black, University of Massachusetts

Sponsors: The American Farriers Association

Study ID: D13EQ-004