In part 2, we go over care and management of metabolic horses, testing, medications, how to understand and adjust carbohydrate content in their diets, soaking hay, how much hay to feed, and exercise strategies.
In part 1, we go over Equine Metabolic Syndrome or EMS and Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction or PPID, insulin resistance, and most importantly, why horses suffer from these diseases.
Dr. Eitelman discusses how to recognize colic in your horse and what to do while you are waiting for your veterinarian.
In part 2, Dr. Eitelman discusses presentation and diagnosis of laminitis and founder. He also addresses the treatments and ways to prevent laminitis and founder in horses.
In part 1, Dr. Eitelman discusses the definitions of laminitis and founder, as well as goes over the important anatomy for understanding how laminitis and founder occur.
Dr. Eitelman explains the layers of an equine leg bandage and demonstrates how to apply them.
Dr. Eitelman discusses the common issue of unexplained weight loss or lack of weight gain in horses.
Dr. Eitelman addresses common questions and issues with parasite management in horses.
By Brian Eitelman, DVM, CJF
Horses eat hay - it’s simple and it’s the truth. They evolved over millions of years grazing on grasses all day. Hay, above all else, should be the overwhelmingly main ingredient in their diet. Before you invest time and money in supplements, invest in your horse’s hay. It is a far better allocation of limited resources for you and far better nutritional outcome for your horse.
Here’s a simple breakdown of dietary basics for horses:
The average horse needs to eat 1% of its body weight per day in good quality hay.