Insulin resistance

March 26, 2017

Is laminitis linked to rising temperatures?

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

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 18, 2012

Looking for the thrifty gene in laminitic horses

I have often heard researchers refer to a “thrifty” gene in horses that develop laminitis. Researchers says this gene may be the reason that some horses founder and some don’t.

June 9, 2012

Should laminitic horses get a thyroid supplement?

Editor’s note on June 15, 2015: I wrote this post before reading Juliet Getty’s post on treating the insulin resistant horse. Thyroid supplement may help the laminitic horse lose a little weight, but I think it’s a poor substitute for helping a horse restore balance in its diet and life. Even before I read Getty’s […]

April 14, 2012

Is there a link between mares coming into season and laminitis?

I’ve had a few interesting conversations by email and phone with a fellow owner of laminitic horses. This horse owner noticed that her mare’s laminitis bouts seem tied to the horse coming in season.

March 31, 2012

Could estrogen exposure play a role in laminitis?

Anytime I see what appears to be evidence of environmental factors wreaking havoc on the body, I feel compelled to open the story, because I am convinced environmental factors led to my horses becoming insulin resistant and laminitic.

March 12, 2012

How to grind flax seed for laminitic horses

In a previous post, we looked at two veterinarians who recommend adding fat to the diet of laminitic horses to keep their blood sugar from spiking.

February 28, 2012

Ground flax seed can help prevent blood sugar spike in laminitic horses

I have found two quality sources that are recommending putting ground flax seed in the horse’s meals as a source of fat.

February 18, 2012

Can laminitic horses eat carrots or not?

It appears there’s some controversy over the glycemic index of the carrot.

January 16, 2012

Are geldings less likely to develop laminitis, insulin resistance?

In my research on the history of laminitis, it was hard to overlook the recommendation in the fifth century by writer Publius Vegetius Renatus that a horse with hoof problems related to overfeeding barley — presumably laminitis — should be castrated. Scientific research appears inconclusive on gender’s role in laminitis. A study published in The […]

January 5, 2012

Laminitis symptoms and causes in horses

There are a broad range of causes, but they tend to lead to the same symptoms.

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.