Experts Talk on Grass Sensitivity & Laminitis in Leisure & Performance Horses by Beccy Smith B.Sc.(Hons) DAEP EBW of Holistic Reflections

Saturday 1 September, 2pm to 4pm

Tickets: £2 / Free for under 16s

Join Holistic Equine Consultant, Podiatrist and Therapist Beccy Smith B.Sc.(Hons) DAEP EBW from Holistic Reflections (formerly Holistic Equine) and large animal and equine vet Andrew Robinson B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.M.S., M.R.C.V.S. from Millcroft Veterinary Group for an enlightening and thought provoking educational talk!

From this talk you will learn:

  • what is a “grass sensitive/affected horse”?
  • why should this concern me?
  • how do I know if my horse is affected?
  • what are the signs to look out for?
  • what can be done to help the grass affected/laminitic horse?
  • where do I go for help?
  • practical and useful advice relevant to all horse owners and carers with a powerful take home message!

Who should attend this talk?

This talk is aimed at leisure and performance horse owners as well as professionals involved in the care of horses, including farriers, trimmers, trainers, instructors, therapists and vets. We encourage Riding Club and Pony Club members to attend and it is suitable for all ages (12+) and backgrounds with all level of understanding about horse care.


Many horses display signs of grass sensitivity and nutritional imbalances which ultimately affect their soundness and performance. A nutritional imbalance caused by ”normal” grazing and management methods can even lead to the development of equine metabolic disease and laminitis. There seems to be an increased prevalence of equine metabolic disease and incidence of lameness and the old proverb “no foot - no horse” has never been more relevant as it is today in the management of the modern domestic horse. In addition, grass affected horses can display unwanted behaviour and can become dangerous to ride and handle.


With education; grass sensitivity and nutritional imbalance warning signs can become easy to spot but they are often either not recognised or are diagnosed and treated as a stand-alone issue rather than holistically. It can affect horses of any age, breed or type and the results may be subtle or develop over many years.

Typical signs can include:

  • changes in weight/deposition of fat around the body
  • unexplained weight loss/loss of muscle and top-line
  • hoof problems such as flaky hooves or under run heels
  • laminitis or founder
  • an altered gait or loss of suspension
  • disunited or poor canter strike off
  • weak muscles or tiring easily (inc. poor posture and outline)
  • needing the physio or other therapist more frequently
  • unexplained lameness or loss of performance
  • overly spooky or “sharp” to ride
  • lethargic and lack energy or enthusiasm
  • bucking or other unwanted ridden or un ridden behaviour
  • overly mareish or stallion like (if a gelding)
  • signs of cushings syndrome (curly coat, laminitis, etc)
  • foot sensitivity (shod or barefoot)
  • respiratory conditions
  • head shaking or head flicking or other sensitivity
  • dislikes being groomed
  • dislikes having saddle, girth or rug put on
  • claustrophobic (i.e. in trailer or horsebox)
  • digestive issues (e.g. gas, colic, diarrhoea)
  • skin problems (e.g. sunburns, mud-fever, poor hoof and coat)
  • other metabolic issues (e.g. tying up)
  • bone issues (e.g. splints, DJD, arthritis)
  • snatchy for farrier
  • high urine Ph
  • sacro-iliac issues (e.g. poor canter transition, difficulty walking down hill or backing up)

This talk will help you to recognise the signs and also provide useful, practical advice on how to facilitate a return to health of the grass affected or laminitic horse. Expert help is on hand and available right on your doorstep and at the event you will be given the opportunity to meet the experts and ask questions.


The talk will start at 2pm precisely for approximately 2 hours and there will be a short break in the middle. There will be opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Tea or coffee will be included in the ticket price of £2 and concessions and under 16s are free!



Can tickets be purchased at the door?

Tickets are available online only via Eventbrite as there are a limited number of tickets available for the selected venue. We recommend purchasing your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No but we would recommend the content would be most relevant to children aged 12 or more. The talk is aimed at consciencious teenagers and adults of all ages and backgrounds.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking available on site and although it is rarely required, there is space for parking on the lane leading up to the event. The event is a short 10 mins walk from Egremont main street where there is ample bus routes in and out of the area. Click here for directions to Florence Arts Centre.


What can I bring into the event?

Your ticket or mobile device to show your ticket, your questions, some paper and pen to write down notes, a bit of change for the lovely cakes and drinks on offer or to purchase art work for sale! FYI Tea and coffee is included in your ticket, but not the cakes... did I mention the cakes, oh neither is the wine, oh and the art!


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email beccy: or call Beccy on 07766 772245.


What's the refund policy?

I'm very sorry, we do not provide refunds.

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