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Do You Need an Oral Sugar Test to Diagnose EMS?

It has been established that high blood insulin is responsible for about 90% of all laminitis cases and best current estimate is 10 to 15% of the equine population is at risk of EMS – Equine Metabolic Syndrome.  A central … Continue reading

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Insulin Problems – Forget about NSC

Hay or pasture is a major component of any horse’s diet, and is likely to be virtually the complete diet in animals that are obese.  Since insulin resistance is often part of the reason why a horse or pony becomes … Continue reading

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Obesity and Metabolic Problems

The vast majority of us are well familiar with how easy it is to gain weight with the wrong foods or simply too much food and how hard it can be to lose it. The same is true for most … Continue reading

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Ketogenic Diet for Horses? Pass

Everyone has heard about the ketogenic diet by now, “keto” for short. It’s basically a reinvention of the Atkins diet with more emphasis on eating fat.   Fasting, starvation and no or low simple carbohydrate diets trigger a higher rate of … Continue reading

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The Real Cause of PAL – Pasture-Associated Laminitis

It isn’t fructan.  It isn’t hind gut acidosis.  Here’s the science. The AAEP’s Laminitis Working Group did a four year study with the goal of identifying laminitis risks. Other than diet, EMS pattern obesity, known EMS or PPID and use … Continue reading

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Pasture Associated Laminitis

Everyone loves Spring, but as a horse owner you may be anxious about the possibility of pasture associated laminitis [PAL] if you let your horse graze those tantalizing luscious new growths of pasture. How great is the risk?  Can you … Continue reading

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All IR/EMS Horses Have Laminitis

The Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group, now at main@ECIR.groups.io, has been in existence for almost 20 years and currently has over 11,000 members. As you might expect, many members seek out the group when their horse/pony/mini/donkey/mule becomes obviously laminitic. … Continue reading

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Magnesium and Your Horse

The importance of magnesium was ignored for many years but appreciation has grown with our understanding of the vital functions it fulfills. Magnesium normally has a stabilizing effect in the nervous system Like calcium and phosphorus in the skeleton, magnesium … Continue reading

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Winter Laminitis

Veterinarians working with many laminitic horses are well acquainted with the problem but others are unfamiliar with it.  It’s a laminitis-like syndrome triggered by cold weather. Horses normally have a very high tolerance for cold.  In all species, cold causes … Continue reading

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Does Your Overweight Horse Have An Insulin Problem?

Easy keepers and overweight horses and ponies have been around forever.  Laminitis has also always been with us, and it’s no secret that overweight animals are at high risk. We now know that the vast majority of laminitis cases are … Continue reading

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