Equine Metabolic Syndrome

May 01, 2010

Equine metabolic syndrome typically effects easy keeper horses and is a metabolic and hormonal disorder.... Read More

Article en Español: El Otoño Trae Desafío Para el Diagnóstico y Manejo de la Enfermedad de Cushing

October 13, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an eye on... Read More


Thoroughbreds Could Contribute to Human Diabetes Research

August 10, 2009

Not only can Thoroughbreds provide hours of entertainment for racing enthusiasts, they could also play an invaluable role in understanding obesity and Type 2 diabetes in humans, reports a group of Irish researchers.

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Metabolic Disorders

July 10, 2008

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Anatomy and Physiology: Complete Series

April 04, 2008

A complete guide to the anatomy and physiology of the horse, with illustrations and practical applications.... Read More


Finding and Testing Low-Sugar Forage

May 14, 2007

Did the brown, stemmy, overmature hay you thought was perfect for your easy keepers make them even fatter? ... Read More


Warming Up to the Idea

February 01, 2007

Riders understand the importance of warming up as a way to ready the horse's mind and body for the challenges ahead, but there is more to a warm-up than simple preparation. Correctly done, prior exercise substantially benefits physical performance... Read More


Anatomy and Physiology Part 11: Of Blood and Breath

November 01, 2006

There are few similarities between horses and automobiles, but in a manner of speaking, the horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. The food a horse consumes is its fuel. The fuel is converted into nutritional energy that... Read More


An Equine Athlete's Heart

September 14, 2006

Trainers, owners, and researchers have long pondered the effects of a large heart (one that is naturally occurring and not a result of disease), and have even attempted to use heart size as a predictor of athletic ability.... Read More


Underweight and Overactive

August 24, 2006

Suggestions for putting weight on thin and overactive horses.... Read More


EMND and Glucose Metabolism

October 01, 2005

Study results indicate horses with equine lower motor disease (EMND) had an increased glucose metabolism rate.... Read More


Feed Label Laws

August 03, 2005

Oregon implemented a provisional equine feed label law on June 1 that would allow feed manufacturers to add non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) to the list of nutrient requirements already found on feed bags in that state. Adding NSC to the feed... Read More


A Closer Look at Insulin

April 01, 2005

When you think of insulin, you might think first of humans and diabetes. But horses have insulin, too ... ... Read More


Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity in Horses

March 03, 2005

Equine nutritionists and wise horse owners have long known that obesity in horses is not a good thing. The obese horse often is incapable of performing even moderate tasks without becoming exhausted and, as a result, placing itself in danger of... Read More


Equine Metabolic Syndrome

October 01, 2004

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), Cushing's disease, insulin resistance (IR), glucose intolerance, and glycemic indices of feeds have gotten a lot of press lately. The terms are taken from the human literature, where they have very specific... Read More


Endurance and Endotoxemia

July 01, 2004

Endotoxemia in horses is usually associated with severe infections, inflammation, and colic. Endotoxin from intestinal bacteria activates release of inflammatory mediators such as thromboxane B2 (TxB2), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha),... Read More


Cushing's Disease and Laminitis--Not Just Old Horses

April 01, 2004

Researchers recently revealed that Cushing's disease is a major contributing factor to laminitis among horses in a primary care veterinary practice, and that the median age of laminitic Cushing's horses was 15 1/2 years--disproving tha... Read More


Diet: When Horses Need Less Carbs

April 01, 2004

Research suggests some horses (growing foals, laminitic horses, etc.) could do well on low-glycemic diets. ... Read More


Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Laminitis

May 01, 2003

Of particular interest to horse owners was Johnson's black-and-white linkage of the newly termed EMS condition with laminitis and obesity. "Obesity-associated insulin refractory state" was Johnson's precise description of "Equine Metabolic Syndrome" ... Read More


Carbohydrates for Energy

August 01, 2002

In human nutrition, carbohydrates or "carbs" have a bit of a bad name these days. A quick trip through the local book store or over the Internet leads us to believe that dietary carbohydrates are the source of all evil. When weight loss is the... Read More


Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

October 10, 2001

Tying-up is a problem that has troubled horses and their owners for many years, and it has been known by many names. The old-timers who battled the syndrome in their draft horses following a Sunday away from the fields called it Monday morning... Read More


Feeding the Endurance Horse

September 01, 2001

The nutritional needs of the endurance horse are somewhat unique compared to horses used for other athletic disciplines. The metabolic demands of endurance racing (including competitive trail riding and ride and tie events) are high, requiring... Read More


Fat Burning

November 01, 2000

For the most part, the word "fat" has bad connotations in our society today--fat often is used to describe an overweight or obese state. When we think of dietary fat and the proportion of calories in our diet that is derived from various sources... Read More


Spring Tuning (Athletic Conditioning)

February 01, 2000

Most will agree that thorough preparation of a horse is key to success in athletic competition. With spring hopefully just around the corner, this is an opportune time to discuss conditioning. Of course, the nature of a conditioning program will... Read More


Body Fuel

January 01, 2000

The importance of nutrition for optimization of athletic performance cannot be overemphasized. ... Read More