Still unsure on grass consumption during exercise


Angie Mikkelson <angieorr@...>
 

I’ve asked before but I haven’t gotten any real hard answer to this question. So I just finished my horses 2nd 50 mile endurance ride. He did well metabolically and completed the ride with good vet scores on gut sounds etc. I’m still confused about how much grass he can have during and after a ride though. At this particular ride there was a TON of grass, I let him pick here and there on the trail.  At the holds we gave him mash of beet pulp, rice bran and oats as Dr Kellon recommended but then I did let him graze for about 10 minutes before going back out on trail. Is doing that going to come back to haunt me some day? I want this horse to do 100’s but if he’s going to, he needs to be able to eat whatever is available and some rides are very remote and basically grass is the only option. 
Also following the ride when I’d take him out for walks to stretch him he really wanted to graze, can he have some grass or not? I feel like the meanest endurance horse mom ever when everyone’s horses are grazing around camp and I’m walking around pulling my horses head up :-( and if that’s what needs to happen fine, but if he can graze I’d like to let him. 

Thanks in advance for any advice...
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Angie in ND, 2021
https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Angie%20and%20Bear


Eleanor Kellon, VMD
 

Angie,

Grass is fine during the ride and allowing some grazing when walking in the first 2 to 4 hours after a ride is fine too. Have you tested his insulin lately?
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Eleanor in PA

www.drkellon.com 
EC Owner 2001


Angie Mikkelson <angieorr@...>
 

Dr Kellon - Thank you for responding.  Yes I did have him redrawn in May.  I have now updated his case history file.  My vet told me to fast him for this test though so he was not fed overnight at all. I may have to get it rechecked based off the information I've now read on this page???  

Insulin - 14.5 uI/mL
Glucose - 93 (lab sheet doesn't say units??)
ACTH- 24 pg/mL
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Angie in ND, 2021
https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Angie%20and%20Bear


Eleanor Kellon, VMD
 

Fasted is OK. We now have better information on what fasting levels should be. He's a little higher than  he should be (should be under 10) but only slightly. As described in the other post, you can liberalize his diet during and for a short time after exercise but otherwise keep him restricted.
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Eleanor in PA

www.drkellon.com 
EC Owner 2001