Excess iron

March 26, 2017

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.

May 22, 2016

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.

January 24, 2016

Filtering iron helps laminitic horses

My two horses are sounder and have fewer signs of insulin resistance.

July 12, 2015

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.

July 12, 2015

Climate change may be causing laminitis

Weeds are proliferating due to increased carbon dioxide, rain and heat in the atmosphere, and these weeds have high levels of iron, which can fuel insulin resistance.

July 12, 2015

Applying weed killer to pasture for horse with laminitis

Over three weeks in June 2015, I sprayed my whole farm using GrazonNext, which was recommended by my local feed store.

June 14, 2015

Feed more hay to laminitic horse, equine nutritionist says

We’ve created the insulin resistant horse by doing all the wrong things in the name of helping, according to Juliet Getty, Ph.D.

November 28, 2012

Another horse owner questions role of iron in laminitis

I have two reasons to revisit the topic of iron and laminitis. One is an email I received Nov. 26, 2012, from a woman whose 6-year-old mare has been suffering from laminitis since February 2011. The mare was on supplements for a long time, including expensive laminitis supplements, and she still was chronically lame. A […]

December 14, 2011

Two experts weigh in on how iron may affect laminitis in horses

I contacted Dr. Thomas Divers at Cornell University by email on Dec. 9, 2011, asking what iron tests to conduct on my horses. I chose Dr. Divers because he published a study called “Diagnosis and Treatment of Liver Disease,” in which he said: “Although iron has frequently been blamed as a toxic cause of liver […]

December 1, 2011

More reports on negative effects of excess iron on horses

An article in “The Horse Journal” written by a veterinarian who isn’t identified by name says chronic excess iron leads to deficiencies in zinc and copper, leading to skin problems, tendon and ligament weaknesses, faulty production of joint cartilage and foot problems including laminitis.

October 26, 2011

A study on iron overload and insulin resistance as it might relate to laminitic horses

Since I wrote about iron and insulin resistance in horses two days ago, I stumbled over a paper by Dr. Eleanor Kellon that appears to have been created in 2006. The title is “Iron status of hyperinsulinemic/insulin resistant horses.”

October 26, 2011

Is there a link between iron in water, laminitis cases and dog who died of liver failure?

One of the many reasons I’m revisiting iron in my water as a possible cause of my horses’ laminitis is the fact that excess iron can cause liver disease along with insulin resistance.

October 25, 2011

Can elevated iron cause laminitis?

My newest obsession with my laminitic horses actually is a throwback to one I had in 2005: water.

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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.