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Equine Metabolic Syndrome, equine Obesity, fat horses, equine fat tissue, obese horses, equine insulin resistance, equine laminitis

Years ago, veterinarians recognized that obese horses develop a different metabolism than healthy horses. They often find it difficult to lose weight, even when on a strict diet, and are prone to laminitis. Researchers began to investigate the cause of this altered metabolism, which was eventually attributed to equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).

Botulism Beware

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Commonly found in soil, decaying animal carcasses, and, sometimes, decaying plant material, Clostridium botulinum is the bacterium responsible for producing the toxins that cause botulism. These powerful toxins prevent the release of neurotransmitters that control muscle contractions, resulting in weakness and, often, paralysis. Botulism in horses, as in humans, is frequently fatal.

Preventing Colic

Contributed by Horse Council BC - The term “colic” means “pain in the abdomen” or “pain in the belly.” There are many causes for such pain, ranging from the mild and inconsequential to the life-threatening or fatal. One of the problems with equine colic is that it can be very difficult in the early stages to distinguish the mild from the potentially fatal. This is why all cases of abdominal pain should be taken seriously right from the onset.

Food Allergies in Horses

By Kentucky Equine Research - Food allergies in horses are rare and extremely difficult to diagnosis. This video from Kentucky Equine Research describes the protocol for equine allergy testing and offers some general advice for managing the horse with food allergies.

clinical signs of equine gastric ulcers, how to check horse for gastric ulcers

If your veterinarian has recommended a gastroscopy, sometimes called a “stomach scoping,” he or she probably thinks your horse has equine stomach ulcers, which aren’t uncommon in horses. In fact, 62 percent of horses have them to some degree.1 The good news is they can be treated – and prevented in the future.

Trots, Equine Undifferentiated Diarrhea, Luis Arroyo, horse Diarrhea, Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital, equine gastrointestinal parasites, Clostridial organisms, Equine diarrhea prevention, equine loose feces, equine gastrointestinal tract

Diarrhea is the hallmark clinical sign of equine colitis (inflammation of the colon), a condition which can occur in horses of any breed, gender, and age. Horses are particularly susceptible to acute, severe, and sometimes fatal diarrheal illness because of their large colon and caecum. Considerable progress has been made in the last decade in understanding what used to be called “colitis X.” However, many cases of colitis have no known cause. Therefore, in a large proportion of equine cases, the cause of the diarrhea cannot be established. These cases are usually classified as undifferentiated, undetermined, or idiopathic colitis, which is a diagnosis of exclusion made once other known causes of colitis have been ruled out.

 fat horse, obese horse, eqine obesity, dangers of obese horse, equine conditioning, equine weight loss

According to research over the past six years, at least one in five and potentially one in two pleasure horses are overweight or obese, leading to conditions such as laminitis, equine metabolic syndrome, chronic inflammation, arthritis, heart issues, heat stress, and bone, tendon, and joint problems.

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