Diet And Management Of Horses : Equine Metabolic Syndrome ( Ems )
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A topic that interests me in relation to the overall health, diet and management of horses is Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) also known as Insulin Resistance in horses. EMS is insensitivity to insulin created by stored glucose in the horse’s body. The Equine nutrition course has raised my understanding of how the current feeds and forage we utilize for the modern equine can place our horses at risk for developing EMS. This risk can be lowered and possibly avoided with proper dietary care. The course units have provided me with the knowledge to determine Body Condition Scores, navigate feed labels and understand forage quality. Armed with a greater knowledge of feed values, the impact to the horse’s digestive system, formulas required to determine daily intake and the know-how to determine a horses weight I feel confident not only to recognize a horse at risk for developing EMS but how and what to adjust in the horses daily diet to avoid a high glycemic index and manage a healthier diet for a horse diagnosed with EMS.
The Clinical Signs of EMS
Although the majority of horses diagnosed with EMS are overweight and quite often considered “easy keepers” the lean horse can also be Insulin Resistant. There are some very distinct signs that would indicate your beloved equine may have EMS. All horses are at risk but genetics can play an even greater part for certain breeds, some of them being Quarter horses, Morgans, Paso Finos,