La Sra. Ma. Alejandra Bauza-Brown representa a Haras Ambato en USA. Escribe una de las páginas mas interesantes que he leido en el Facebook su nombre es JUMPER. Allí ha publicado este artículo que los invito a leer por la importancia de su contenido.
Prevent your horse from acquiring the disease of the diabetes
Exercise is very beneficial because will decrease Insulin levels and help to stop Insulin Resistance.
The weight loss needed in overweight horses is a therapy and not just a way to take weight off the Laminae of the hoof.
How does this work and what do I need to do with my horse? ( by the EQUINE MEDICAL & SURGICAL ASSOCIATES)
How and Why it works:
The nervous system, during exercise, will lower insulin output from the pancreas, by exercising one hour it can drop over 30%. Exercise, incease muscle, which has the largest number of receptors for insulin. By providing
receptors it allows the insulin to have more sites to bend to, which it lower blood levels of insulin.
Icrease blood flow, which allows for better circulation that allows insulin to target cells faster so glucose is delivered faster. Do to the nervous system, there is already a small amount of insulin in the blood stream, and this small amount, with more circulation, is able to work more efficiently.
When a small amount of insulin can do the work, it’s called ” Increasing Insulin Sensitivity” by doing so, it leads to lower levels of insulin.
Insulin, itself, at hight levels irritates blood vessels, leading to poor circulation and laminitis.
Exercise, has the ability to keep blood glucose levels sligtly low for 6 – 12 hours after exercise. “The effects of exercise lasts much longer than the time exercised”
Walking burns 4 times more calories than standing. It also help with circulation to help prevent laminitis.
Many people keep their overweight horse in a small dirt lot thinking that will protect them, this is NOT the best solution. In a small dirt lot your horse will walk less and lay down more. In a
field they will walk 10% of the time, turn out does not replace exercise, but it will be better than the stall or a small dirt lot.
Do not just test forage, test your horse. Your horse’s response to forage is what is most important. This is a key point in laminitis prevention.
Test the insulin to see how are they handle your feed program.
This will be your base line, and it will allow you to have a black and white evidence to warn you.
For example, test your horse insulin levels to have a base line. then turn out with muzzle for 2 hours a day for 5 days and then test insulin again.
If you turn out your horse alone, they will walk more and graze less. This will decrease carbohydrates intake and decrease insulin.
In times of lush pasture (early spring, fall) they will eat 10% more an hour, this means double jeopary. You may need to turn out less, start riding and lungeing more, monitore insulin.
A horse turn out in an adequate continuous grazing pasture, will gain less weight than if you keep rotating them into new fields.
A study done about rotational system showed that yearlings gain about 2 pounds a pay more than continuous grazing pastures.
Ma. Alejandra Bauzá – Brown