HorseQuest Learning Lesson: Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers believe that certain breeds or individual horses are predisposed to Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS). These horses are often referred to as “easy keepers” by their owners. These horses are very efficient at utilizing calories and often require a lower amount of energy to maintain body weight than other horses.

Equine Metabolic Syndrome is characterized by three main features:

  1. Obesity or regional adiposity (accumulation of fat in certain areas, particularly the neck);

  2. Insulin resistance (IR) a “pre-diabetic” like state;

  3. Laminitis