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OCT 2017

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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30 TheHorse.com THE HORSE October 2017 other organs and tissues—the kidneys, for example—in humans. And the obesity often associated with IR has its own set of risks. "Fatty tumors, pedunculated lipomas (benign fatty tu- mors) that can twist around the intestines and require surgery, wear and tear on the bones and joints, and possibly even repro- duction issues can result," Frank says. Above All Else, Diet What's the best way to manage your ID horse? "Diet, diet, diet," says van Eps. He says the best way to keep your ID horse healthy is to limit sugar intake and supplement with a protein if needed. Exercise, medications, and testing are all good and useful, but nothing compares to maintaining a low-sugar, protein-stable diet in these horses. That especially means keeping these horses off lush green pastures and avoiding supplemental concentrates, our sources agree. Owners of severely affected horses should get their hay tested to know the ethanol soluble carbohydrate (ESC) and starch concentrations, which, when added together, should not amount to more than 10% of the horse's daily ration. For more details about nutrition recommendations for ID horses, refer to TheHorse.com/38958 or TheHorse. com/32982. Breaking a Sweat Don't assume an ID horse has special reduced-level work needs because of his illness. He has a health condition, but that isn't going to affect his performance or his athletic capacity (unless he has laminitis). On the contrary, he needs that physical activity. "High levels of exercise Grasping Insulin Resistance Keep horses with insulin dysregulation off lush pastures, and don't give them concentrates. ISTOCK.COM Order By Phone at: (800) 831-3309 Email Your Requests to: service@horsetech.com Offering a Complete Line of Equine Supplements Custom Supplement Blending for Insulin Resistance Equine PPID/Cushings Laminitis Other Nutrition or Supplement Needs Custom Shop Free Shipping in Contiguous U.S. NASC Audited Quick Response/Delivery Awesome Supplements Amazing Service!

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