These days most horse owners are clued-up enough about horse health care to recognize insulin-resistance in their equine friends.
The insulin-resistant horse is the laid-back easy keeper who gains weight if he catches even a whiff of grain. He’s also the one with the cresty neck, elevated levels of insulin and triglycerides in the blood, and pockets of fat in all the wrong places!
When a horse is diagnosed as being insulin-resistant, many horse owners immediately embark on a drastic horse health care regimen that involves a dry lot and a starvation diet. While this approach may keep your horse safe from the serious consequences of insulin resistance, it can also produce a very unhappy horse with a poor quality of life!
12 Ways to Horse Happiness
Instead of using the starvation approach, there are 12 ways you can keep your insulin-resistant horse both healthy AND happy:
- Regular exercise
- Monitor your pasture and allow turn out only in certain conditions
- Mow your pasture
- Fertilize your pasture naturally
- Feed probiotics
- Feed minerals
- Feed small amounts of food with low glycemic indexes
- Allow grazing with a muzzle
- Add fat to the diet
- Make your horse work for his food, water, and supplements
- Plant native grass pastures
- Feed antioxidants
If some of these approaches sound counter-intuitive, then read the full article to get the details on each of these horse health care approaches. The full article also covers the basics of insulin-resistance.