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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Too much starch

Hi Dr. Getty,

I have a friend whose horse has a conditon that produces lameness due to too many carbs. Could you tell me the name of this conditon.

Joy Blake

Where are you from? New Kent Va

How did you locate this forum? surfing

Re: Too much starch

Hi Joy,

Your friend is likely thinking of Development Orthopedic Disease (DOD). This term is used to describe several conditions that affect horses (usually when they are young), including Physitis, Osteochondrosis, Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) and Wobbler Syndrome.

Researchers have shown that high levels of blood sugar (glucose) produced by feeding high-carbohydrate diets, and the corresponding insulin response, leads to these disorders. Blood glucose levels are increased when feeds high in starch and sugar are offered. As a result, insulin levels also rise. So, it is important to avoid feeding grains such as oats, corn, and barley. In addition, the sweetening of feeds (using molasses) should also be avoided. This is important because there is a high correlation between insulin levels in the blood and the incidence of DOD.

Dr. Getty