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

Hi Dr Getty,
I wrote to you a while ago about my insulin resistant Morgan gelding... I have had him on Triple Crown Lite, Quiessence, and a good quality grass hay with regulated grass intake (for over 1 year). He doesn't want to eat his grain anymore and he grew a horribly long winter coat. He started to sweat excessively, which has never been a problem before. My vet doesn't believe that he is a cushings horse. He is at a good weight currently. Should I switch to a different type of grain such as Purina's Equine Senior... Or if you could suggest something better it would be greatly appreciated.

Where are you from? Ohio

How did you locate this forum? internet

Re: Insulin resistance

Hi Andrea,

I would suggest that if he doesn't shed out his winter coat during the spring, you have his ACTH levels tested for Cushings. From what you describe, he may very well have this disorder but the test is not accurate this time of year.

Go with another low starch feed -- try Triple Crown Safe Starch or Triple Crown Low starch. Equine senior has too much sugar for him.

Or you can feed a mixture of alfalfa pellets and unsweetened beet pulp, plus a good vitamin/mineral supplement such as Glanzen Complete.

If you find you need more assistance, please feel free to let me know.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO