I decided it was time to embark on another investigative journey. I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard a lot about low starch diets. I decided it was time to put my sleuthing skills to the test again. Dr. Carey Williams, Rutgers University’s Equine Extension Specialist, seemed like a good place to start, since her specialty is equine nutrition.
My journey revealed some interesting facts. I learned low starch diets are used for horses with equine metabolic syndrome. Upon discovering this information, I decided equine metabolic syndrome was a topic worthy of my pursuit. You can watch the interview on equine metabolic syndrome with Dr. Williams below.
What did you learn from the interview? I’ve summarized the things I learned below. Take a look and see how our lists compare.
- Older horses and horse breeds like Quarter Horses, Morgans, and drafts are at higher risk of developing equine metabolic syndrome.
- Equine metabolic syndrome encompasses a variety of symptoms and disorders. One of the most defining characteristics is insulin dysregulation & resistance.
- Diagnosis is a process you should undertake with your veterinarian and can be complicated because of the many factors to consider.
- There is no treatment for equine metabolic syndrome, but you can implement management strategies to help mitigate its effects and help your horse be healthier.
- Monitoring and limiting starch and sugar (non-structural carbohydrate) intake is one of the primary management strategies you can implement.
Since my friends keep telling me I’m getting older (I still disagree!), maybe I’d better consult with my veterinarian to check for signs of equine metabolic syndrome. I think I’ll pass with flying colors, but if not, I know the folks at the Equine Science Center will do a wonderful job of implementing the necessary management strategies.
Until next time!