Similar to what is occurring with humans and companion animals, farriers and veterinarians are seeing more overweight horses. In fact, studies have shown as many as 50% of horses are overweight. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by the International Hoof-Care Summit.
Mirroring the epidemic in humans, equine obesity continues to grow at an alarming rate. Studies show that almost 50% of horses are considered overweight or obese in developed nations such as the United States and the United Kingdom. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by the International Hoof-Care Summit.
In the United Kingdom, half of the horses are overweight, according to The Telegraph. Leading equine vets have warned that owners have forgotten how to keep their horses healthy, resulting in the gravest threat to horses — obesity, a condition which can lead to other dangerous medical issues, such as laminitis. Hundreds of horses are being euthanized because of laminitis each year, according to experts from the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).
Kathleen Crandell, PhD, equine nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research, discusses the suspected relationship between insulin resistance and obesity in horses. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by W.F. Young Co. (Absorbine).
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