Recent News for Metabolic Problems


Early EMS Diagnosis and Treatment Minimize Effects

December 17, 2010

Horses with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) are at a higher risk for laminitis than the average horse, but veterinarians are learning more about diagnosing EMS early and minimizing its effects, including laminitis. ... Read More


Pergolide Remains Treatment of Choice for PPID

December 14, 2010

Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), often called equine Cushing's disease, has been treated with the drug pergolide for years. The main reason pergolide was initially the treatment of choice was largely based on the drug's effectiveness in ... Read More


What's In Your Horse's DNA?

December 01, 2010

Geneticists have created tools and tests that enhance horse breeders' ability to select for healthy foals.... Read More


Preventing Laminitis in At-Risk Horses

November 15, 2010

Even though veterinarians and farriers are making progress in developing laminitis treatment techniques and researching the causes of laminitis, prevention is still the No. 1 defense against a disease that plagues all too many horses. During the... Read More


High-Protein Diet Okay for HYPP Horse?

November 01, 2010

I've heard high levels of protein would make a horse "hot." Is this true?... Read More


Managing Insulin Resistance Through Diet and Exercise

October 31, 2010

Insulin-resistant horses are prone to laminitis, but owners and veterinarians can often successfully manage them through strict diet and exercise regimens so that they don't develop laminitis. Ray J. Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor ... Read More


Understanding Nutritional Risks in Laminitic Horses

October 30, 2010

We might be feeding our horses too well, at least as far as predisposing them to laminitis. Ray J. Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, spoke about ... Read More


Neuromuscular Disease Can Lead to Performance Issues

October 24, 2010

Neuromuscular diseases, which affect the function of muscles and the way they interact with the nervous system, can lead to performance issues, said Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, internal medicine clinician and graduate fellow at the U... Read More


AQHA Creates Task Force to Examine Drop in Horse Show Numbers

October 21, 2010

It should come as no surprise that horse show numbers are down. The question is: What can be done to increase participation and to accommodate all ability levels? Earlier this year, the American Quarter Horse Association Executive Co... Read More


Understand PPID to Help Treat Endocrinopathic Laminitis

October 11, 2010

Advances in diagnosis and treatment of equine Cushing's can help better prevent and/or treat laminitis.... Read More


Tying-Up: Current Diagnosis and Nutritional Management

September 22, 2010

Researchers estimate that three of every 100 performance horses will experience signs of tying-up.... Read More


Cushing's: Pasture Management, Seasonal Awareness Key

September 01, 2010

How owners manage pastures and seasonal consumption of grass carbohydrates can significantly affect horses with Cushing's disease, according to researchers from the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine. And, while th... Read More


Laminitis Lowdown

August 01, 2010

The laminitis mystery is far from solved, but researchers continue to discover new clues about its causes, treatment, and prevention. Laminitis, an often devastating hoof disease that can strike horses of any breed without warning, is a major issue... Read More


Potential Biomarker for Equine Cushing's Identified

July 07, 2010

Lead a veterinarian to a horse with equine Cushing's disease and he or she will likely try to diagnose the horse by measuring blood levels of adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) in a single sample at a single point in time. Lead researchers... Read More


Potential Biomarker for Tying-up Found

June 01, 2010

In an equine study using "proteomic" technology that systematically analyzed the proteins in skeletal muscle biopsies, a research team from The Netherlands identified a form of the protein creatine kinase that could be a marker for ac... Read More


Twelve New Equine Fact Sheets Available From

May 12, 2010

This week has launched 12 free, handy Fact Sheets on topics of interest to hands-on horse owners. These are invaluable additions to the more than 30 widely acclaimed Fact Sheets that launched in 2009...... Read More


Nutrition Can Help Manage Tying-Up in Sport Horses

May 10, 2010

Thanks to advances in identifying specific causes of tying-up, development of diagnostic tests, and improved recognition of the impact of diet and exercise on horses that tie up, affected horses can be successfully managed. Stephanie Valberg, D... Read More


Fatty Acid Triheptanoin Comes Up Short for Horses with PSSM

April 03, 2010

Triheptanoin does not appear to be a good fat supplement for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) horses.... Read More


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


Equine Cushing's in an Old Mare

March 01, 2010

I have an older Arabian mare (with great bloodlines) who gave birth to a healthy colt at age 15 before returni... Read More


Cushing's Disease or Equine Metabolic Syndrome?

March 01, 2010

Navigating through the volumes of information on equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) can be time-consuming, frustrating, and extremely confusing for horse owners. The two diseases are somewhat similar, but treatments differ.... Read More


Advances in Equine Medicine Discussed at AAEP

February 27, 2010

What was the hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009? During the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, three top veterinarians (who focus on equine reproduction... Read More


Targeted Deworming Advocated for Cushing's Horses

February 16, 2010

Horses with Cushing's disease tend to have higher fecal egg counts than healthy horses. ... Read More


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


Herbal Insulin Resistance Treatment Options Reviewed

December 10, 2009

Insulin resistance has profound consequences for affected horses, yet there are currently no licensed treatment options. Management of the condition is primarily aimed at modifying the affected horse's diet, maintaining a healthy body ... Read More