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Preventing laminitis

Preventing Laminitis

In spring it doesn’t take long for the fresh grass to turn our quiet horses into raving lunatics!  With the spring grass comes the increased risk of Laminitis, Obesity and metabolic related disorders. Research has shown that pasture-induced laminitis occurs at times of rapid grass growth.  The accumulation of certain carbohydrates including fructans, starches, and sugars known […]

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What is Tying up in horse

What is Tying up in horses?

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, Tying-up, Azoturia, Monday Morning Sickness and Poly Saccharide Storage Myopathy are all names of common muscle metabolism problems. The scientific name for Tying up is rhabdomyolysis, which simply translated means muscle (myo) breakdown (lysis). The causes are several but the result is the same, muscle cramping. In this condition there is massive contraction […]

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Equine Cushings Disease Explained

Cushing’s in a nutshell Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), most commonly known as Equine Cushing’s Disease, is a benign tumour of the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain. It is named after the neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing who first described it. The tumour affects the horse’s hormonal regulation which results in chronically increased […]

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Does soaking hay really reduce carbohydrate content?

Hay is the primary component of the equine diet. In recent years with the increased incidence of metabolic disorders such as laminitis and insulin resistance the carbohydrate content of hay has come into question. Pasture-associated laminitis is currently thought to be a sequel to over- consumption of certain carbohydrate fractions in forages, potentially associated with […]

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Understanding Obesity

Obesity has been defined as a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Now let’s talk about equines specifically. Horses are grazing animals but unfortunately the pastures we have today are not […]

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Metabolic Disorders in the Modern Horse

Horses are grazing herbivores that live in herds when in their natural environment. They are designed to walk over long distances consuming a variety of forages constantly throughout the day. So what is the “modern horse”? The modern domesticated horse is housed and managed by humans – this consists of a variety of management strategies […]

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is your horse a candidate for a grazing muzzle

Is your horse a candidate for a grazing muzzle?

The horse has evolved as a grazing animal, hence, pasture plays a pivotal role in equine nutrition.  Reported intakes of fresh pasture by horses can range from 1.5 to 5.2 % of body weight per day. With such a large intake of pasture possible, can horses over consume?  What components of pasture grass can cause […]

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Cresty Neck Scoring: How to?

Obesity is associated with insulin resistance in horses and ponies.  Overweight horses also have an increased risk of laminitis, and overweight mares have decreased reproductive function.  Human studies show that regional fat deposition, such as abdominal fat, is more predictive of metabolic disease than overall body fat.  Currently the most common system for assessing a […]

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