EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROME

EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROME

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is a condition characterized by obesity (the whole horse looks fat, or it seems to have a reasonable body condition except for areas of fatty tissue such as a cresty neck or fat pads around the tailhead), insulin resistance, and an increased risk of pasture-associated laminitis. EMS horses epitomize the term “easy keeper” and often have an obese, cresty-necked appearance. 

Both diet and exercise are included in a management plan for horses with EMS. EMS horses need to lose weight while still meeting their nutritional requirements. Hay or limited grazing can meet the forage requirement, and supplementation with a ration balancer or concentrated vitamin and mineral supplement can be used to assure proper nutrition.

For horses fed only cured forages (hay, chaff, etc.), assuring adequate vitamin E intake by providing 1,000 IU of vitamin E per day is recommended. If pasture is included in the diet, then steps should be taken to reduce the risk of pasture-associated laminitis by providing a hindgut buffer.

Providing a source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA may improve insulin sensitivity. Except in cases in which the horse is lame from laminitis or other causes, exercise should be increased gradually to encourage weight loss.

Which solution is right for your horse?

EO•3™. Omega-3 supplement. EO•3 is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, compounds found to optimize the well-being of all horses, regardless of age or use. Specifically DHA and EPA supplementation has been shown to mediate inflammation as well as improve insulin sensitivity. Choose EO•3 to promote a more natural balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in the body and the benefits this balance may confer on systemic inflammatory response, immune function and insulin sensitivity. Recommended for horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, metabolic syndrome, and any horse that is insulin resistant.

EquiShure®Time-released hindgut buffer. Developed to combat hindgut acidosis, this innovative, one-of-a-kind delivery system allows for buffering of the hindgut, the site of fermentation in the horse. Choose EquiShure to reduce the risk of hindgut acidosis escalating to laminitis in horses receiving significant intakes of starch-laden grains as well as those grazing high-fructan pastures, including those at risk for or with a history of laminitis.

Micro-Max. Ration fortifier. Micro-Max is a low-intake concentrated source of vitamins and minerals for mature horses. Micro-Max is ideal for horses that maintain body weight on diets of forage and small amounts of concentrate. The use of Micro-Max ensures that all vitamin and mineral requirements of mature horses and ponies are satisfied. Because of its low feeding rate, Micro-Max can be fed by itself or mixed with a concentrate.

Nano•E®. Nanodispersed, liquid natural-source vitamin E supplement. Nano•E provides highly a highly bioavailable natural (d-α-tocopherol), water soluble source of vitamin E to horses through a unique delivery system. Choose Nano•E to provide potent antioxidant support to horses with PSSM, EPSM, or RER, to provide optimal support of immune function in horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, and to provide highly bioavailable vitamin E to horses that have limited access to pasture.

Learn more

 

Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome 
Relieving Metabolic Problems 
Nutritional Management of Metabolic Diseases 
Insulin Resistance in Horses 
Laminitis Risk Strongly Linked to Underlying Disease in Horses 
Feeding to Avoid Laminitis