Obesity

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Effect of Restricted Grazing on Hindgut pH and Fluid Balance

October 03, 2012

Restricted pasture access does not have negative effects on hindgut fermentation or fluid balance.... Read More

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Hindgut Microflora's Potential Role in Equine Obesity

June 04, 2012

Researchers now believe the microflora residing in the hindgut could contribute to equine obesity.... Read More

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Study Identifies Causes for Misbehavior in Pony Club Mounts

May 27, 2012

Researchers recently identified risk factors for bad behavior in a population of Pony Club horses.... Read More

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Practical Tips for Managing Obese Horses and Ponies

December 18, 2011

The ideal way to manage an obese horse or pony is to prevent it from becoming obese in the first place.... Read More

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Grazing Muzzles' Efficacy at Reducing Pasture Intake

September 06, 2011

Grazing muzzles can be effective at reducing pasture intake, sometimes reducing intake by as much as 85%.... Read More

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Researchers Examine Link Between Obesity, Laminitis, and EMS

July 27, 2011

Is inflammation involved in chronic laminitis development in horses with equine metabolic syndrome? ... Read More

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Using Nutrition to Prevent and Manage Equine Disease

July 19, 2011

Adjusting what a horse consumes can help prevent or squelch some equine ailments.... Read More

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Managing Laminitis-Prone Horses

June 27, 2011

But how should you manage a horse that hasn't yet developed laminitis, but is a likely candidate?... Read More

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Yes, Your Horse Is Fat

April 07, 2011

Horse owners must be able to acknowledge that a horse is overweight and needs to drop a few pounds.... Read More

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What's Your Horse's Body Condition Score?

March 22, 2011

Regular body condition scoring helps you keep your horse in good health. Learn about scoring your horse.... Read More

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Identifying and Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

January 31, 2011

Diagnosing EMS and taking steps to manage it can allow your horse to live a healthy and productive life. ... Read More

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Dietary Supplementation Helps Obese Insulin-Resistant Horses

November 12, 2010

Overweight, insulin-resistant horses might need a special dietary supplement called short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS), which are short chains of sugar molecules linked together. ... Read More

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Fit or Fat? (Equine Body Condition)

November 01, 2010

Most owners get mixed results the first time they try to assess their horse using the Henneke body condition scale. However, it is a useful tool every conscientious owner should master.... Read More

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The Dieting Horse

September 01, 2010

Weight management is an important issue in equine medicine with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.... Read More

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The Disease of Obesity in Horses

September 01, 2010

Obesity can cause reproduction problems, bone and joint stress, insulin resistance, laminitis, and more.... Read More

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Insulin Resistance

July 08, 2010

Equine Insulin Resistance is a reduction in sensitivity to insulin that decreases the ability of glucose to be... Read More

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Feeding Easy Keepers

May 01, 2010

The term "easy keepers" refers to horses and ponies that maintain or gain weight on a minimum amount of food.... Read More

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Colic Surgery? Protein Expression Test Could Help Guide Decision

March 25, 2010

Expression of a particular protein in fat tissue is positively associated with an increased rate of postoperative mortality in horses, researchers recently reported. The research was led by Melissa Packer, BVetMed, MRCVS, who recently... Read More

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Horses Needed for Equine Metabolic Syndrome Research Project

March 22, 2010

Equine metabolic syndrome is a devastating disease characterized by the three main features of obesity, insulin resistance, and laminitis. Certain breeds or individual horses are predisposed to EMS, and are often referred to as "easy keepers." These... Read More

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Equine Endocrine Disorders Discussed at AAEP

January 02, 2010

The two major endocrine disorders affecting horses--equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or equine Cushing's disease)--were hot topics at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP... Read More

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Weighty Issues

December 01, 2009

Equine obesity increases a horse's risk for equine metabolic syndrome, laminitis, and insulin resistance. Owners can bring horses to a healthy body condition by replacing grain rations with a fiber-rich, low-carbohydrate diet and increasing exercise.... Read More

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Weighty Issues

November 25, 2009

Owners can lower equine obesity by replacing grain rations with a fiber-rich, low-carbohydrate diet. ... Read More

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U.K. Couple Sentenced in Pony Obesity Cruelty Case

November 05, 2009

A couple in the United Kingdom have become the first horse owners convicted of obesity-related animal cruelty under that country's Animal Welfare Act, said a report from Read More

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Prevent Weight Gain to Minimize Metabolic Changes in Horses

October 16, 2009

Weight gain and obesity in horses should be avoided to prevent insulin resistance, increased insulin and leptin blood levels, and laminitis, and to maintain a healthy metabolic state. To date, "it is unknown whether obesity is the primary ... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome a Focus of Research

August 25, 2009

The Equine Science Society Symposium (ESS) is a gathering place for researchers involved in all aspects of equine health and well-being. For more than two decades, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has presented findings from its nutrition and exercis... Read More