NSC and ACTH – Double Trouble in the Fall

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Horses are more likely to suffer from laminitis in the fall than any other time of year. Two reasons – high NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) from cooler nighttime temperatures and increased blood ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) secretion from the pituitary gland. Both of these lead to …

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Respect the Power of the Horse’s Instincts

A letter from Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. The issue is still free choice forage feeding. I respect and honor the way horses are made—they are different—unique, really. In a suitable, native environment, they are quite capable of taking care of themselves. They are free to eat and roam and, well, …

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Eating! An Important Key to Improving Insulin Resistance

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By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Do you have an overweight horse?  Chances are he is insulin resistant. Excess body fat leads to elevated insulin. Elevated insulin leads to more body fat storage, which leads to greater insulin resistance, and the vicious cycle continues. Even horses of normal weight can …

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Equine Digestion – It’s Decidedly Different

Equine digestion is the very foundation of horse health. Many aspects of your horse’s wellness depend on horse owners understanding the horse’s natural diet and eating habits. Many complex health problems can be prevented or alleviated through a deeper understanding of how horses are made on the inside. This book …

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