Obesity is one of the biggest problems of the western world. This is not only the case for two-legged animals, but also for four-legged ones. Since horses are no longer kept as working animals, but are our leisure partners and family members, they have been steadily increasing in weight. The trend towards keeping robust breeds, which are usually very good doers, intensifies the problem, so that today practically every stable has horses that weigh considerably too much. The first recommendation from veterinarians and well-meaning stablemates always is to put the horse on a diet: Radically reduce hay, no concentrate, no more treats. However, a lot of horses only develop very bad moods as a result, while they do not really lose weight at all. Sometimes they even gain weight. And even if they do lose weight – as soon as you try to put the feeding back on a more or less species-appropriate track, the weight is right back on and sometimes more than before. The well-known yo-yo effect after diets also occurs in horses. Many overweight horses, which barely lose weight despite dieting, are not fat at all, but lymphatic. And a horse with insulin resistance can hardly get its obesity under control as long as the underlying disease is not addressed therapeutically.
In this lecture series, we want to address the different aspects of obesity in horses: how do I distinguish fat deposits from lymphatic deposits? Which horse breeds are particularly prone to one, which to the other? Why are there easy and hard keepers among horses? And how can I feed and keep my overweight horse in a species-appropriate way and still reduce the weight to a healthy level? The lecture series do not replace a veterinarian or therapist. They are intended to provide background knowledge on metabolic disorders for horse owners and to highlight additional support options from the areas of husbandry, feeding or exercise management that every horse owner can positively influence for their horse.
The lecture series does not replace a veterinarian or therapist. They are intended to provide background knowledge on metabolic diseases for horse owners and show additional support options from the areas of husbandry, feeding or exercise management that every horse owner can positively influence for his horse.
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