It is just as dangerous for a horse to be overweight as it is to be underweight. Horses evolved to live on sparse tough grass and to be able to run fast on specially designed legs. A horse carrying too much weight can experience:
All good horse owners ensure their horse stays within a sensible weight range, providing suitable food and plenty of exercise. Allowing a horse or pony to become overweight is just as cruel as not feeding them enough.
Laminitis is a disease affecting the feet of hooved animals. Severe cases with outwardly visible clinical signs is also know as founder. Progression of the disease can lead to perforation of the coffin bone through the sole of the hoof, requiring aggressive treatment or euthanasia.
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