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 epitomise the term “good doer” 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™Concentrated direct source of DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids. EO-3 is a rich source of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA in a palatable liquid form. EO-3 can be fed to all classes of horses including foals, breeding stock, and performance horses to improve the critical ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in the diet.
EquiShure®Time-released hindgut balancer. EquiShure promotes normal digestive function by aiding in the maintenance of an optimal hindgut environment and is designed for horses suspected of suffering from or that are at risk of developing hindgut acidosis.
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