Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance in the Horse; New Therapy Options

Equine metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance is an ongoing epidemic in current times.  Although the case load is very high, as is the morbidity rate, options for better management are not keeping up with nor offering improved outcomes for the horse.  Laminitis and chronic foot ailments are often associated with EMS and insulin resistance, which adds to the pain and suffering associated with the metabolic condition in the horse.  The laminitic condition is one common reason for euthanasia in the horse, many times associated with equine metabolic syndrome.  In prior articles, I have outlined the problem on many levels, correlating with our research findings.  In this final part 4 of the article series, I plan to outline specific therapy options that we are implementing in our equine patients with very high levels of success. (more…)

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Whole Foods for Horses; Truths and Misperceptions

Whole food and the horse are becoming a hot topic of discussion in many forums and other information resources.  For many, the topic of ‘whole food’ makes complete sense and they understand the concepts, while for others, it creates a state of confusion.  When there is a state of confusion, and lack of clear understanding, then that individual becomes subject to the words and advice of others, which can either help or create more harm.  Your horse is dependent upon you, as the owner to make the correct decisions, but in order to do this, you have to acquire a level of understanding even on a basic level.  The food choices that you choose for your horse can either improve their health, keep it at a stagnant level, or worse, push it in the negative direction.  There is more to food than just nutrient value and in seeing this, the right decisions often become clear. (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Going Ketogenic and Cellular Health Part Three

Metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and the horse.  An ever present problem, contributing to a high percentage of laminitis cases, which are often seasonally related.  In the past 2 articles, I have defined the problem of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, as well as raised the questions as to whether or not some ‘clinically normal’ horses may be more susceptible that originally believed.  In this article, part 3 of 4, I will discuss newer therapy options, including the ketogenic diet, with specific goals that show promise in the horse impacted by metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and laminitis. (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Digging Deeper into Insulin Diagnosis Part Two

The metabolic and insulin resistant horse.  Quite a complex situation and one that is often poorly managed, as most chronic health ailments are in the horse and other species.  In part one of this article, I discussed the underlying biochemical problems in the average horse with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.  It may appear to be a very complex problem, and it is to some extent, but if you can see the problem and not ignore it, then options become readily available for improved management in the horse. (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Understanding the Problem Part One

Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in the horse can be a real challenge for the horse owner and veterinarian to manage.  It seems like there are several approaches offered online and from veterinarians, but often those therapies yield little for the horse in regards to clinical benefits. Most of these horses continue to suffer bouts of instability throughout the years, followed by periods of stability.  Through a different approach, and seeing the problem for what it truly is, many of these horses can be helped on a whole new level.  This approach is more of a lifestyle change than a true therapy, targeting cellular repair and rejuvenation to benefit the horse and return cellular function back to a baseline level. (more…)

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Vitamin E in the Neurological Horse; Maybe More Harm Than Good?

Vitamin E often goes hand in hand with conditions such as EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis) , EDM (equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy), and even PSSM (polysaccharide storage myopathy) in the horse.  This vitamin possess moderate antioxidant capabilities and can render much needed benefits to those horses afflicted with those conditions, however, not every horse responds and in fact, there is clinical evidence that some horses might actually deteriorate.  Despite rendering antioxidant properties, is there maybe more to the story, regarding vitamin E supplementation in the horse and should a broader approach be utilized for improved outcomes? (more…)

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Cur-OST EQ Topline & Muscle Protein Rebuilds the Horse

Building the topline and overall muscle development in the horse can be a real challenge for many horse owners.  In order to provide for proper topline and muscle development in the horse, protein and amino acids are vital for success.  Most feed regimens and forages being fed are lower in digestible protein and not often high enough to support proper muscle growth.  Supplementing with Cur-OST EQ Topline & Muscle, may provide the edge you are seeking to help your horse to rebuild muscle and topline. (more…)

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Building the Topline in the Horse; The Importance of Nutrition and Gut Health

The topline in your horse is one of the most important groups of muscles that supports the vertebral column, the rider and saddle, and facilitates proper movement in power.  The topline in the horse is also one of the most underdeveloped muscle groups in a high percentage of horses.  Take the saddle off of many high level competition horses and you will be witness to a weak topline, which then impacts that horse’s performance and soundness.  Why is the topline so tough to build and what can you do to regain muscle and strength to that region in the horse? (more…)

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The Horse’s Joint and Soundness; Taking Action to Prevent Problems

The horse’s joint is the second most common site of lameness in the horse, after the foot or hoof.  As owners, you often spend a great deal of time at the veterinarian either having a joint lameness diagnosed or managed with various injections or other therapies.  Considering the importance of all the joints in your horse’s body, and how much money is often spent trying to keep them from breaking down, it just makes sense to come at the problem from a preventative point of view.  If you can do this successfully, the approach may reduce the increased wear, tear, cartilage loss, and bone remodeling that comes over time due to the stresses of life, conformation, and competition.  Once that damage begins, with evident bone remodeling and cartilage loss, you often find yourself chasing your own tail.  Promote joint and bone health from the onset, and in the long-term, the benefits can be real and often, dramatic. (more…)

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Bone and Joint Support in the Horse; Cur-OST EQ Bone Support

The bones make up the skeleton and foundation of every horse and are directly involved in every joint. When we have a failing joint in the horse, it is really a matter of failing bone. Bone health is paramount for overall support, movement, and joint function.  In every horse, especially as they age or are heavily under work, the bones will gradually change over time and joints will remodel. The long-term effect is typically seen as osteoarthritis or simply arthritis, which impacts upwards of 80% of all horses, creating discomfort, reduced range of motion, and impaired performance.  Arthritis in the horse, or joint associated lameness, is often the most common reason for an owner to seek out veterinary advice.  Despite all of our efforts and means of intervention, the long-term outlook for bone and joint health in the horse is often not what we would desire it to be.  Is Cur-OST® EQ Bone Support a new approach for long-term bone and joint health in the horse? (more…)

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