Hello group and hopefully Dr. Kellon too:
So once again my vet is recommending thyroid medication for my IR horse. My horse, Baron, is very very IR. Despite correct, and believe me it is correct DDT&E, Baron has been Severe IR. After a second bout of founder in 8 years, his G:I ratio continues to be severe. He is a tough case and most horses on as strict of a regime as he is on would thrive. He is rideable and has come through this last founder like a champ! But, his insulin and glucose checks show that he is still at high risk. They have been like that for years. His hay is very low on carbs- about 5% and it is soaked, he has proper Vitamins and minerals, per Dr. Kellon. His trim is excellent and he is exercised at least 1/2 hour daily. So please please please do not tell me it is about his diet. You can find his history in EChistory 3 under KrisandBaron
So, my vet is, once again, suggesting thyroid medication. Baron is a 4 on the condition scale, that is, he is NOT over-weight, in fact his ribs are showing. Has anything changed regarding thyroid meds for IR horses that I need to be aware of? Or is it still just something vets recommend because they don't know what else to do?
Kris, Grass Valley, Ca 2005