One research team found that a muesli-based diet, high in both fat and fiber, did not result in increased glucose or insulin blood levels after being fed with hay. In contrast, horses fed an oat-based diet high in starch had significantly higher blood glucose and insulin levels.
The development of fat pads or patchy fat, regardless of a horse’s weight, may be an indicator of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).
My mare tested positive for both HYPP and PSSM. How should I feed her in light of this?
Despite best efforts by owners to follow strict diet recommendations for horses with metabolic syndrome, some feeds and medications contain sweeteners, including certain medications used to counteract equine metabolic syndrome.
Can a high-fat diet cause elevated bilirubin and unusual sweating?
Researchers now know that simply being obese does not automatically mean a horse has or will develop insulin resistance. So, what exactly does determine whether or not an overweight horse will become insulin resistant?
What's the best diet for my underweight, HYPP-positive mare?
Full-out access to good-quality pasture sets the stage for obesity in many horse and ponies, especially easy keepers, and can spell serious trouble for those predisposed to laminitis. A drylot is one management tool that helps keep weight in check.
My severely underweight aged gelding has multiple metabolic issues and a restricted diet. How can I get him to gain weight?
My Miniature Horse mare is prone to gas colic and insulin resistance. What can I feed her to help her gain some weight?
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