- Feb 5, 2009
My 12 year old Shetland has recently been diagnosed with PPID and EMS (high ACTH & insulin levels). He loves grass & whenever I suspect lami is starting I restrict/remove his grazing but he becomes very depressed (of course he is bound to be depressed if his feet hurt). After the last brief bout of lami I have let him graze a tiny piece of grass which had previously been grazed by his 12hh mate. This boosted him psychologically & I am sure helped him fully recover. So far the lami hasn't returned. I would like to extend his paddock so he has a little more grass to nibble but am worried how much more he can handle without the lami returning. The grass he had before the lami started was almost non-existent & looked very wilted but obviously even that was too much for him. He also has 50grms Healthy Hooves molasses-free a day with 1 small carrot. If the weather is really cold i.e. minus temperatures, I give him 1-2kgs hay.I am following a "suck it & see" approach. I am also wondering if the Prascend dose (half a tablet) needs increasing. Please don't advise me to ask the vet. Having had several vets dealing with my pony's lami I didn't find them very helpful (they seem to think that handing out bute/Prascend solves the problem). I began to feel that I knew more about managing a pony with lami than they did!