Re: I/R and pregnancy


Suzie MacDougall <walking_s_mac@...>
 

This is exactly what i did with Strawbs - foaling helped keep her wieght in
check, I did time the foalinng date so she would foal after the grass had
dried out & the pasture had gone back - this allowed her & the foal
restricted grazing thus allowing me to socialise the foal with others & get
proper exercise.
Suzie in Oz

----- Original Message -----
From: <Eclectk1@aol.com>
To: <EquineCushings@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 12:46 PM
Subject: [EquineCushings] Re: I/R and pregnancy


Hi Peggy,

Pregnanacy probably does increase the risk of laminitis for an IR mare.
Unfortunately I don't think that anyone can say how much however. An
increase in
insulin resistance with pregnancy is quite common in humans who weren't IR
before the pregnancy -- the hormonal changes involved and commonly
slightly
lowered thyroid levels tend to cause and/or worsen IR.

When you have a mare like this that you're dying to have a foal from,
however, then I'd consider just how insulin resistance she currently is,
how well you
can get that under control with diet, and how sound she is -- how easily
or
frequently she's had laminitis/founder attacks and how severe they've
been.

I would think that if she's not had much or any problems with laminitis,
and
her IR isn't too extreme, then you can likely help her thru a pregnancy
with
just carefully controlling diet and some regular monitoring to be sure
things
aren't getting out of hand, particularly in the last few months of her
pregnancy.

Robin
Desert Springs Sport Horses
www.Sportshorses.homestead.com
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