ACUTE LAMINITIS has long been attributed to factors or events that precede the onset of laminitis. Between 1759 and 1907 the overconsumption of grain, inflammation of the feet, suppression of perspiration (anhydrosis), excessive rest, excessive bleeding, road concussion, poor shoeing, unilateral weight bearing, sudden environmental temperature changes, prolonged standing (in the cold and aboard ships), diarrhea, and postpartum complications were all designated as causes. Today, commonly listed etiologic factors include ingestion of large amounts of grain, cold water, lush grass, or black walnut shavings, repeated concussion, endometritis or other severe infections, colic, exhaustion, stress, drug toxicities, and endocrine dysfunctions. At Texas A&M University (Table 1) the factors recorded as the cause presume a causal relationship between some preceding event and the acute laminitis. Logically, any event that precedes laminitis might be a cause, but etiologic validity depends on the definition of “cause” and the role that coincidence might have in the appearance of the disease.