Obesity

With the feeder on, ponies walked for almost two hours twice daily, traveling an average of 3.7 times more than when they did not use the dynamic feeder.

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Study: Fat Ponies Will Work for Food

September 18, 2017

Researchers found that some ponies are willing to exercise themselves ... as long as there's food involved.... Read More

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5 Tips for Feeding Easy Keepers

June 12, 2017

Follow these steps to help your overweight horse subsist on fewer calories.... Read More

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Top Tweets From the 2017 Equine Science Society Symposium

June 05, 2017

We've collected tweets and take-homes from the 2017 Equine Science Society Symposium. Take a look!... Read More

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Researchers Develop Regional Fat Scoring System for Horses

May 30, 2017

The system measures fat deposits near the stomach and small intestine, around the heart, neck crest, and rump.... Read More

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Feeding the Endocrine-Challenged Horse

May 29, 2017

Laminitis risk is the No. 1 reason we worry about equine metabolic conditions such as EMS and PPID when feeding horses.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Drylots for Horses

May 23, 2017

Of the 579 respondents, 443 (77%) said they use drylots to help manage their horses' weight. ... Read More

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Spring Grass Safety

May 09, 2017

As benign as it might seem, this fresh forage can cause more harm than good. Here's what to remember.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Equine Weight Management Challenges

April 18, 2017

Of the 576 respondents, 277 (48%) said their horses are easy keepers and gain weight easily.... Read More

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10 EMS Resources on TheHorse.com

April 13, 2017

Improve your knowledge about diagnosing, treating, and preventing equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).... Read More

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Addressing the 'Air Fern' in Your Barn

January 30, 2017

Roly-poly, cresty-necked horses and ponies are in harm's way. Here's how to help your overweight equid shed pounds.... Read More

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The War Against Obesity

December 26, 2016

A successful equine slim-down program includes frequent weight assessments, smart feeding, and exercise.... Read More

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Equine Weight Management: Facts and Fiction

December 11, 2016

Are you trying to help your horse gain or lose weight? Here are some facts and fallacies to consider.... Read More

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Feeding Ponies

November 06, 2016

Feed your roly-poly pony the way Nature intended to prevent obesity-related diseases.... Read More

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Horse Weight Management FAQs

November 05, 2016

There's lots to consider when managing a horse's weight. An equine nutritionist answers some common questions.... Read More

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Are Peppermints Spoiling My Horse's Diet?

October 19, 2016

Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight? ... Read More

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Breaking Down Body Condition

October 03, 2016

Assess your horse's body condition regularly so you can adjust his diet accordingly and identify potential problems.... Read More

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Does Skeletal Muscle Inflammation Lead to Hyperinsulinemia?

August 30, 2016

Researchers could not identify a positive relationship between inflammation and obesity or insulin resistance in horses.... Read More

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Does EMS Impact Horses' Immune Responses to Vaccines?

August 12, 2016

EMS did not appear to significantly impact horses' humoral responses compared to age-matched controls, researchers said.... Read More

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Can Owners Help Horses Achieve Weight Loss at Home?

August 05, 2016

Weight loss is possible in most situations, provided the owner remains actively involved in the nutrition program.... Read More

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What's the Best Weight Loss Plan for My Horse?

August 01, 2016

A bossy gelding has ballooned during the summer months, and his owner seeks advice for a safe and effective diet.... Read More

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12 Miniature Horse Health Risks

July 26, 2016

While small in size, Minis have the same health needs and risks as other breeds, as well as a number of unique issues. ... Read More

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Feeding Horses to Reduce Weight or Body Condition

July 04, 2016

Obesity in horses can lead to health problems. Here are tips for feeding overweight horses to promote weight loss.... Read More

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Obesity: Cause or Consequence of Metabolic Disease?

May 22, 2016

The team confirmed that EMS horses aren't always fat, but that obesity can point to an underlying metabolic condition.... Read More

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Could Coconut Meal Benefit Some Horses?

January 25, 2016

Coconut, or copra, meal could be useful for horses requiring low-NSC diets, researchers found... Read More

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A Recipe for Equine Weight Loss

January 22, 2016

Use slow-feeders and reduced feeding rates to safely and effectively decrease horses' body weight, researchers said.... Read More