Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), like PPID, is a common hormonal disease with a range of symptoms including obesity, insulin dysregulation/resistance and laminitis. A dysfunctional sugar metabolism can also trigger compulsive eating in the horse,
putting emphasis on a reduction diet and exercise plan adapted to individual requirements.
First, forage should be reduced to 1.5 kg per 100 kg of the horse's target body weight. The hay can also be soaked in water to flush out water-soluble carbohydrates, if necessary. This may accelerate microbial spoilage, however, depending on the ambient temperature. Low-energy straw can also be used to replace 1–2 kg of hay. Check the barrel circumference weekly to ensure that the horse is not losing weight too quickly, otherwise there is a risk of hyperlipidaemia, a fat metabolism disorder.
If the horse shows no lameness and is able to bear weight, 30 minutes of trot and canter work included in the exercise plan at least three to five times a week will help to improve insulin sensitivity.
Under no circumstances should the horse be fed high-energy concentrate feeds containing cereals.
is not only suitable for old horses, is also an ideal mineral feed for horses with increased mineral requirements, as is the case with malfunctioning metabolisms.
has essential amino acids to help maintain as much muscle mass as possible on a reduced-feed diet. Among other things, the Gipfelstürmer Mineral
is also suitable as a mineral feed, which as a vital substance concentrate provides all the important micronutrients for powerful muscles. In addition to the protein building blocks methionine, lysine and threonine, it also contains L-carnitine, high levels of selenium and vitamins E, B1, B2 and C ensure a sufficient supply in all situations.