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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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How Does Insulin Resistance Cause Laminitis?

It is now widely recognized and accepted that insulin resistance can cause laminitis.  Research has shown that it is the high insulin levels themselves that have this effect, even in normal horses that are experimentally infused with insulin.  The question … Continue reading

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Hormonal Laminitis is Different

There are many causes of laminitis, including dietary overloads, hormonal disruptions, toxic plants, severe intestinal disorders and bacterial infections.  It has been estimated that 80% or more of laminitis cases fall under the category of hormonal/endocrine pathologies but until recently … Continue reading

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Fall Laminitis

In the late summer to early fall there is a peak in laminitis cases. Headlines are already starting to appear blaming fall laminitis on fructans in grass.  Don’t believe it. Fructans are often called sugar, but they’re not.  Fructans are … Continue reading

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