Being an equine veterinarian, researcher of health and observer for over 18 years, I have come to some personal conclusions as to what seems to work when it comes to improving the health of our equine companions. I feel that optimal health can be achieved, but that doesn’t always mean extravagant living conditions or huge expense. In fact, some of the healthiest horses that I have seen as a veterinarian were those kept in large pastures with minimal man made housing, but plenty of food and attention by the owner.
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The equine athlete is no different from us, as a human species, whether we are an athlete or not in our daily lives. As individuals and living beings, we are in-tuned, in most instances, as to how different stressers, diets and activities impact our health and general well being. For instance, we may know that spicy food may upset our stomachs or create a sense of heat in our bodies. Or we may understand that over-exertion, whether physically or mentally, drains us of vital energy. Given these apparent observations, why is it that we can listen to our own bodies and heed warnings, but when it comes to our equine companions, often we do not?
Healthy sugar metabolism is the key to cellular function. Metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity are strongly connected with poor sugar regulation. In horses, abnormal sugar metabolism is also closely linked with laminitis and poor hoof health.