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Diet and Laminitis – No Link to Fructan

Horses and ponies, donkeys and mules, may develop laminitis on diets based on either hay or pasture. The cause 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 … Continue reading

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Plants and the Immune System

Green drinks are a hot human health craze these days and with good reason. Plant pigments possess a variety of beneficial properties for the immune system. Green pigment (chlorophyll) is only a piece of the picture.  Flavonoids, carotenes, lycopene, zeaxanthin, … Continue reading

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Fecal Transplants For Animals

Yes, it’s what you think it is!  Receiving fecal material from a healthy donor is in the news for people these days. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0929664618305552?via%3Dihub [click on “download PDF” to get the complete article].  It has been approved by the FDA as … Continue reading

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Neuromuscular Support Nutrients

Your horse’s health, happiness and performance depend on normal functioning of the nervous system and muscles.  All nutrients have a role to play but some are particularly important. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which becomes incorporated directly into the membranes … Continue reading

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Hemp for Horses

The endocannabinoid system is a feedback loop within the brain and all branches of the nervous system – higher brain functions of thought/memory/mood, movement, sensation, and the autonomic system which helps regulate all organs and the immune system down to … Continue reading

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Safe Supplements for Metabolic Horses

When evaluating supplements for horses prone to high insulin levels there are two basic areas to consider – the active ingredients and the base. On the ingredients front, some things to generally avoid include:  Added iron.  These horses often have … Continue reading

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One Medicine

One of the introductory lectures when I started veterinary school talked about how the University of Pennsylvania believed strongly in the principle of One Medicine. The German physician and scientist Rudolph Virchow first proposed this concept and said: “Between animal … Continue reading

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The Equine Intestinal Microbiome

The intestinal microbiome is trending, and judging by interest in pre- and probiotics it’s a rather longstanding interest too. Research has actually generated quite a lot of interesting information recently but we are light years away from really understanding how … 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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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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