Metabolic syndrome and obesity is an epidemic in the equine world. The fact is that you are in control of your horse’s health, believe it or not, and the foods you choose to feed them can either assist in their vitality and health, or work against it, contributing to more disease and pain. The blueberry is one of many fruits, including the strawberry and raspberry, that pack a powerful punch when it comes to health. The little purple and red gems are packed full of vital nutrients and phytochemicals that can truly alter well-being and health. The blueberry is just one of many fruits that possess these research supported powers, impacting overall health, sugar metabolism, mental well being, and even digestive health. These benefits can impact the metabolic horse on many levels. Many will claim that horse’s do not normally eat these fruits, which is true, but does that mean we don’t take advantage of them? (more…)
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The easy-keeper and metabolic horse pose many challenges to horse owners, farriers, and veterinarians in many facets of equine health and soundness. For some owners, they are contending with weight issues, insulin resistance, laminitis, and other health concerns in their horse. For many others, these primary issues are not the problem, but more so it is allergies, ongoing colic concerns, irritable bowel issues, hindgut acidosis, and non-healing injuries or foot problems. While this second group doesn’t realize it, all of those issues stem from underlying weight issues, metabolic concerns, and often poor digestive health balance. Let’s look at some new options to assist these horses. (more…)
In order to compete, run, jump, recover from an injury, muscle stiffness, PSSSM, or even battle the effects of metabolic syndrome, a horse is completely reliant upon their cells. Now, this may be obvious, as all tissues are composed of different cell types, but for most, the negative events you are encountering in your horse are actually due to those cells not functioning correctly. They are damaged and in need of desperate repair. As a result of their reduced function, other vital areas of your horse’s health are also impaired. How do you repair the cells and turn the tide on this viscous cycle of events? The Cur-OST EQ Cell Repair formula may just be the answer you are seeking! (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Why is my horse fat? That’s a good question and one that I was asked routinely during annual preventative wellness checks on my patients. It is also a question that I get asked in emails all too frequently. I think it is a good question and for those that ask the question, it is a sign that they recognize that a problem exists, thus opening door for correction. An overweight horse is not a sign of good health and over time, can lead to significant health problems and increased morbidity, not to mention mortality for some. Seeing that the problem is present is the first step, but taking the following steps to conquer the issue at hand means that we must understand some basic concepts. (more…)
An overweight body condition in the horse can lead to many clinical problems, contributing to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome and even predisposing to other health ailments including laminitis. The effects can be devastating for both patient and owner, creating huge expense and constant maintenance. Remedies are plentiful in the equine industry, but many just cover up problems while doing little to correct the underlying condition.
Metabolic syndrome is a term applied to a collective group of risk factors that raise the risk of other health conditions, regardless of being a horse or human. In humans, we see a rise in the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, vascular disorders, neurodegenerative conditions and many others. In the horse, we generally see an increased risk for insulin resistance, Cushing’s disease, and laminitis. The term ‘metabolic’ actually implies an alteration in cellular metabolism or biochemical processes, but is often quickly associated with a state of increased body weight or obesity. Equine metabolic syndrome is actually very complex, involving many pathways. The higher your level of understanding the easier the condition is to manage. (more…)
The horse is a complex creature, subject to many of the same constraints that we put on ourselves, which in the end impacts their health and performance. Each horse is unique in their personality and constitution, which plays a major role in the exact contributors to their particular health and lameness concerns. Diet, environment, stress, conformation and other influences each play a part, but in most health conditions, we do have one common denominator, which is inflammation. In most, the inflammatory response is over expressed and if efforts are put into the equation to balance that response, then health and soundness can be easier to obtain.