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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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Feeds for Carb Sensitive Horses and Weight Control

By carb I am referring to hydrolyzable carbohydrate digested to glucose in the small intestine. This includes starch and the sugar/ESC (ethanol soluble carbohydrates) fractions on an analysis. These are the carbs that elevated glucose and cause an insulin response. … Continue reading

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When is That Pasture Safe to Graze?

It seems counterintuitive that the very food our horses have evolved to eat as their primary diet could in any way be harmful to them. Despite this, some horses do have trouble with spring  grass. How can this be?  It’s … Continue reading

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Hormonal Laminitis – What It’s Not

At the NO Laminitis Conference last year I spent several hours talking about what insulin related laminitis is not. A paper just published in The Veterinary Journal (Patterson-Kane et al) called Paradigm shifts in understanding equine laminitis does the same … Continue reading

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Hay Before Grain? The Feeding Order Debate

It’s a discussion that keeps resurfacing.  Should you feed hay before grain, or vice versa.  Should you even worry about it?  What happens? Some say you should feed grain first because the horse knows it’s coming, won’t eat the hay … Continue reading

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There Ought To Be A Law

Actually, there is.  It’s called practicing veterinary medicine without a license. It is no secret there is bad information/advice on the internet.  This is taken to another level when it involves statements that are not only wrong but also put … Continue reading

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