March 5, 2013

University of Edinburgh pulls out all stops with online equine nutrition course

The equine nutrition course that I took online through the University of Edinburgh was excellent, and I have compiled all the information to share with you.

March 5, 2013

University of Edinburgh’s online equine nutrition course

This is the open-source course material that accompanied the University of Edinburgh’s equine nutrition course in January and February 2013.

September 11, 2012

Persimmons pose threat for all horses, not just those with laminitis

One of my horses got an abscess in September 2012, and it turned out to be a stroke of good luck for a change. Thanks to the abscess, the horses were confined to the two upper pastures. This was Robin’s first abscess. I closed the gate to the lower fields to keep Kurt from getting […]

November 2, 2011

Insulin resistance in horses: Part 2: How food turns into elevated insulin and leads to laminitis

Let’s look at insulin resistance in horses. Research released in June 2011 suggests that any elevation in insulin levels in a horse is dangerous.

November 1, 2011

Insulin resistance in the laminitic horses: Part 1: Digestion and how food passes through a horse

Let’s look at how a piece of food passes through the laminitic or foundered horse.

Latest posts

Check hay, feed for high iron levels when treating laminitis in horses

Your horse’s diet may be full of excess iron, which studies have linked to insulin resistance.

Is laminitis linked to rising temperatures?

Researchers from The Netherlands have published a study tying human diabetes to increased outdoor temperatures.

Filtering water stops laminitis in horses; water tests indicated iron level was safe

Both geldings have seen huge improvement in their feet, even though they are eating grass around the clock.

Iron overload likely caused my horses’ laminitis

In “Clue” like fashion, I’m declaring the cause of my six horses’ laminitis over the last 18 years as an excess intake of iron from weeds, trace mineral blocks and well water, leading to insulin resistance and the insulin form of laminitis.