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Ketones and the Metabolic Horse; A Rebuttal for Better Understanding

Ketones and the metabolic horse.  A topic that appears to have become popular with many, creating some contradictions in their own current understanding, and stirring up some debates in other areas. I am writing this article today in response to a press release put out by a well known equine insulin resistance group, finding problems…

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Managing Insulin and Leptin Resistance in the Horse

Insulin and leptin resistance are very common in the horse suffering from equine metabolic syndrome.  Although the increase in levels of these two hormones is due to inflammatory changes on a cellular level, the rise in levels can contribute to various health problems in the horse.  Many horse owners that own horses with insulin or…

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Insulin and Leptin Resistance in the Horse

Insulin and in more recent years, leptin, have gained much attention among horse owners for a variety of reasons.  In most cases, the two hormones are often associated with metabolic syndrome in the horse and the increased risk of laminitis.  Despite the increased attention to both insulin and leptin, many horse owners are often at…

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The Seven Steps In Managing Laminitis


Laminitis is a devastating condition in the equine industry, impacting every breed and gender.  No one horse is immune to the condition, but it appears that certain groups of horses are more prone to others.  The causes of laminitis can be many and often, the underlying cause can dictate success or failure.  If we take certain steps to address the problem on a broader level, then often the condition can be more readily managed for the long term.

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Manipulation of Equine Intestinal Microflora; Modifying a Source of Inflammation to Enhance Clinical Results

Gastrointestinal health and microbial balance has been connected with a host of clinical health problems in both humans and animals, including the horse.  The normal gastrointestinal flora is involved in stimulation of the immune system, synthesis of vitamins (B and K), enhancement of GI motility and function, digestion and nutrient absorption, inhibition of pathogens, metabolism of plant and drug compounds and synthesis of short chain fatty acids.1,9,11  

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Fecal Microflora and Dysbosis; Contribution to Metabolic Syndrome, Inflammation and Leaky Gut Syndrome


Intestinal bacterial overgrowth has been a recognized condition in humans, often correlated with systemic health conditions ranging from allergies to cancer, and is a common connection with obesity. Intestinal hyperpermeability or leaky gut syndrome, is a primary problem that has been also related to various health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, multi-organ failure, kidney disease, liver ailments and a common consequence to radiation or chemotherapy.  The connection between the two is that through the process of increased permeability, bacteria may gain access to the systemic circulation, contributing to organ infection and immune dysfunction. (1,5,6,14)

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