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RE: [RC] molasses - was tying up question (long) - David LeBlanc



Susan said:

Supposedly, horses don't get diabetes, but there's starting 
to be a lot of evidence that horses are variably 
insulin-resistant, which translates to intolerance to 
sugars ---including that in molasses, depending on the type 
and amount used.  Some horses that metabolize and utilize 
sugars just dandy can gobble down grain and molasses and 
glycogen loaders by the truckload, feel just great and go 
conquer the world without turning a hair.  The problem IMO is 
that not every horse can do that---a lot of horses *are* 
insulin-resistant, meaning they can eat sugars, get a 
sky-high blood glucose reading and *feel* like they can 
conquer the world---but because the glucose isn't getting 
into the muscle cells where it belongs, and because the high 
glucose has shut down fatty acid lipolysis, then those 
horses' Rocket Fuel Factor is writing checks that the body 
can't cash.  And I wonder if that's a factor in at least 
*some* of the crashes that occur.  Not all.  Maybe just some. 
Maybe in others, it just shows up as being prone to tying 
up, being a certifiable butthead, or just more likely to run 
themselves into the ground and blow their legs apart at the knees.

And Karen said:

"He is fun to ride when he's in control, but it just makes me mad at him
when he's zinging off the walls and orbiting and levitating his way down the
trail..."

So just curious - what do you recommend for the horse that zings off the
walls while levitating down the trail?

BTW, we had a horse tie up 3 years ago, we took him off sweet feed entirely,
also religeously warm him up, and haven't had a problem since. Since we had
Sarah do his teeth correctly, we haven't had a problem keeping weight on him
either. I tend to suspect that paying attention to teeth and feeding more of
the right foods instead of high calorie density foods is a better approach,
but I have a very small sample size.



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Re: [RC] molasses - was tying up question (long), Susan Garlinghouse