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[RC] Metabolic syndrome in horses? - Nina Vasiliev

I have an over weight morab, who has been lame for years from ring bone and 
OCD.  He's been a little more sore when the seasons change from winter to 
spring.  My farrier had mentioned it was probably due to the ground getting 
harder in the spring.

This year he was so sore that he was lame on all fours.  The xrays of his front 
feet showed he has rotated, and the vet felt he had been probably laminitic a 
little bit each spring.  So now he's locked up in the round pen and on a strict 

We drew blood and his T4 was .9, and his insulin was 1026.  My vet has 
suggested putting him on thyroid suppliment to help him lose wt faster.

So, does this mean he is insulin resistant?  If so, what do I do about that.  
My vet is researching this.  Just wondering if anyone knows what the lastest 
thought on this is.


Nina Vasiliev
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