Tag Archives: Insulin Resistance

Myth Busting

It’s easy for opinions or hypotheses that are repeated often enough to eventually morph into what passes as a fact and from there to a myth that’s difficult to eradicate. These are three commonly repeated, but wrong, horse feeding myths. … Continue reading

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Spring Grass Laminitis

Spring is the peak time for grass-associated laminitis in most parts of the world. You can effectively treat or, better yet, prevent it but only if you understand the mechanism. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Scott A fat pony is the … Continue reading

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Winter Laminitis

Frozen lumpy ground can make any horse look lame but if the horse has insulin resistance there may be more going on. Winter laminitis strikes with n0 change in diet or management.  The horse does not necessarily have a prior … Continue reading

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Fall Laminitis

There are many possible causes of laminitis but the vast majority of cases have a hormonal/endocrine root.  There is a peak in the spring, related to grazing young high sugar growths of grass.  A second peak occurs in the fall, … Continue reading

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How Stuff Works

For as long as I have been writing about horse health issues I’ve been told people just want to know what to do, not why.  I know this isn’t 100% true, and hope it’s actually much less than that.  To … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Put the Fructan Theory to Rest

Despite the fact there is absolutely no proof that the level of grass fructan (levan) found in horse pastures and hays has ever caused laminitis, fructan continues to be touted as the cause of pasture laminitis.  Any mention of fructan … Continue reading

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Spring Grass

The grip of winter is finally letting up and landscapes are greening.  That used to be joyful news for horses and owners but today many are concerned about the safety – or dangers – of grazing spring pastures.  What are … Continue reading

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The Thyroid

If you are confused about thyroid function in horses you have a good excuse.  As new information from studies becomes available, recommendations have changed dramatically. Before it was discovered that insulin resistance is the most likely cause of obesity related … Continue reading

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Food Pyra-what?

Whether you are horse or human, you must be conscious of what you eat.  With processed foods and feeds gaining popularity due to its convenience and affordability,  many of us have lost sight of the very foundation of healthy eating habits, … Continue reading

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