Texas Natural Horse Trim

Texas Resource for Barefoot Horses

 Susanne Elmer

 

 

 

Metabolic Stress:

Does your horse look like this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your horse has a cresty neck and fat pads by the tail head in relation body fat over to the rest of the body, this is a significant sign of potential problems with insulin.  Many of the horses I see who are chronic laminitis cases have similar body types. It is very important to eliminate as much sugar from the diet as possible and get the horse to lose weight.  Prevention is a much easier road than trying to care for a horse that has become laminitic.  Some horses with this body type lose weight easier on an equine magnesium supplement.  Horses like this often do not lose weight even when all concentrated feeds are removed and must be put in a grazing muzzle part of the day to slow their forage intake.