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Insulin Resistance (IR): How can I properly manage weight loss for my horses?

Published: 2013-10-30

Obesity and overweight are increasingly cited as major health issues in most mammals today. Humans are not the only mammals subjected to these weight problems, dogs, cats and even horses are affected. A study in the United States shows that 32% of horses are overweight and 19% are obese. Studies performed in the United Kingdom yielded the same distressing results; 45% of horses suffer from obesity or overweight. Among other health issues, obesity is associated with insulin resistance (IR) and horses suffering from obesity can be at a higher risk for developing Laminitis. This article offers several practices on weight management in horses.