What is really in your treats?

All natural, low sugar, sugar-free, made with human grade ingredients, Sounds delicious, but what does it really mean? Carbohydrate sensitive horses (IR, Cushing’s, EMS, PSSM) horses need to be on “sugar-restricted” diets, and their diets must be closely monitored to avoid issues with laminitis, so labels just stating that they are low sugar, lower sugar, […]

Nutritional Management of Insulin Resistance in Horses

  When it comes to caring for insulin-resistant (IR) horses, diet plays a very important role in managing insulin levels and preventing associated diseases such laminitis. Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia are key features of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and can also occur in horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (or equine Cushing’s disease). These animals […]

GLYCEMIC INDEX OF HORSE FEEDS AND WHY IT IS CRITICAL FOR YOUR IR, CUSHING’S, EMS, PSSM HORSES.

Glycemic index is a number assigned to a type of grain,hay, or product indicating the rate of carbohydrate absorption after consumption of that dietary component  A concentrated feed or treats that are rich in grain(oats, corn, barley) and molasses, have a high glycemic index, while various types of hay and other fibrous feeds have the lowest glycemic response. Why […]

Vicky’s Story

We first met Vicky when she was donated to the public, county-owned lesson program in Northern New Jersey where both my daughter and I ride and work (barn staff and instructor, respectively). I’ve been riding and teaching there for more than 22 years, and Tory has been riding there since she first became old enough […]

Free Choice Hay Myths For The IR Horse

The new bandwagon for feeding Insulin Resistant horses seems to be free choice hay feeding.  The rationale to this thinking is that horses who are deprived of food access are being fed unnaturally, and this is a stressor that causes excessive cortisol release, causing laminitis. From personal experience, we found our own horses, fed free choice, gained approximately 50-75 pounds […]

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