Ultrasound may be used to measure subcutaneous fat thickness, also called rump fat thickness, in horses and help researchers ascertain body condition.
Obesity is a widespread problem in the horse population. Owners may not realize that overweight horses have more strain on their legs and feet than thinner equines.
Whether it’s because owners are killing their horses with kindness or if the growing rate of equine obesity is simply mirroring the pandemic in humans, the sad fact is that too many horses are overweight. What steps can you take to ensure your horse is at an ideal weight?
Horses with equine metabolic syndrome are characterized by obesity, abnormal insulin dynamics, and a tendency to develop laminitis. Even though weight loss is desirable in these horses, that goal is often hampered by their inability to exercise due to laminitis-related pain.
In parts of the world where winter is approaching, owners need to think about how their horses’ daily nutritional requirements will change, and how to adapt management practices so they will stay in tip-top condition right through until spring.
Obesity isn’t just a problem in humans, cats, and dogs. It is also a widespread issue affecting horses and ponies in industrialized nations, and is sometimes considered a welfare issue.
Insulin is involved in the pathways of protein metabolism and can potentially contribute to the muscle atrophy that is common in horses with Cushing’s disease.
Obesity and insulin resistance (IR) are widespread conditions among domestic horses. Horses with obesity and insulin resistance are at higher than normal risk for laminitis and equine metabolic syndrome.
A plethora of hormones released during exercise impact athletic performance, but new research is explaining which hormones are important and exactly how they affect performance.
Overconditioned horses have decreased reproductive and athletic performance and are at risk for insulin resistance and laminitis. Frequently horses become obese secondary to being offered concentrate feeds that aren’t necessary to maintain moderate body condition.
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