Re: is my horse IR?


Eleanor Kellon, VMD
 

Yes, 10 is about right although 12 or 13 might be a more realistic upper estimate. **Important** This is for a fed horse with a diet that doesn't contain anything with ESC + starch greater than a mixed pasture.  With those conditions, a normal horse will not test positive. Although this may seem like a rather strict set of criteria the reality is that it misses some IR horses.

It has been estimated it takes an insulin of 80+ to precipitate an acute laminitis picture **but** IR horses have ongoing occult damage to their laminae even if not  classically laminitic.

The whole purpose here isn't to hang a diagnosis on the horse (or not) but to get some insight into their metabolism so that you can feed and manage them accordingly and prevent problems.
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Eleanor in PA

 

www.drkellon.com 

EC Owner 2001

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