Re: Anyone can't get insulin back to normal?

Kirsten Rasmussen

Hi Francine,

Yes, these horses can get to within the lab's "normal" range, although we aim to be as low as possible within that range because the upper limit is too high.  Some horses never fully 'normalize' but still stay somewhat sound; others don't seem to do well no matter what we do and are good candidates for medications.  But most of us can get their insulin down to a healthy level without drugs.

If diet is carefully controlled and cannot be improved (meaning you are already soaking hay), but insulin is still high then exercise is the key (assuming Magic is sound).  I would aim for 3-6 days a week of at least 30 min brisk trotting (plus warm up and cool down of 10 min each,  walking) at a minimum, and more as his fitness improves.
Kirsten and Shaku (IR) - 2019
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