When 9-year-old Arab Ari came down with laminitis in 2013, his owner Lorraine was distraught. Having been through a tough recovery period, Lorraine is now taking part in the CARE study to raise awareness of the disease and how it can strike when you least expect it.
“When Ari was diagnosed, I was devastated. I just thought, “This is my fault.” I’d been so busy so he’d had a month off work and I hadn’t been monitoring him as closely, so it crept up on us and we were caught out.”
It was during this time that Lorraine discovered the CARE study, which seeks to establish which health conditions are most prevalent in Britain’s horses and particularly focuses on laminitis and the risk factors for its development.
“I saw an advert for the study and I was really interested. With Ari having had and recovered from laminitis, I wanted to help to spread awareness of the condition.” To take part in the study, owners simply have to sign up and submit regular online updates regarding their horse’s health and management. Read more about the benefits of the study here.
“The study is so useful – the weight tracker is fantastic because even though you can think your horse hasn’t changed, the measurements can tell a completely different story! For anybody looking to get their horses fitter or watching their weight, this is a super way to do it.
“It’s so straightforward to do, too. Once you’ve got all your information inputted, it’s easy to keep it up-to-date and it really keeps your eye on your horse’s health.
“Any horse can come down with laminitis, whether it’s an overweight native or an Arab like Ari. We need to break down the stigma attached to the disease and by taking part in the CARE study and learning more about it, we can do that.”
Lorraine and Ari are urging all horse owners to sign up to the CARE study today.
It’s simple, it doesn’t take much time and it could be the breakthrough needed to advance the knowledge we have of laminitis and other health conditions. However, without the support of Britain’s horse owners, these conclusions remain out of reach and these health conditions continue to be a serious threat to our horses.