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So obesity is the main risk factor for IR?
Absolutely. It’s also true that ponies and some horse breeds—including Andalusians, Morgans, Paso Finos, and even some Quarter Horses—are at greater risk. Although PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, formerly known as Cushing’s disease) and EMS are somewhat intertwined, it’s not completely clear whether PPID actually puts a horse at greater risk for insulin resistance.
How can I tell if my horse might have IR?
If your horse is obese, especially with “regional adiposity” (fat deposits in certain areas; the hallmark is the cresty neck), he’s likely to be insulin- resistant— particularly if he has shown signs of laminitis. Your vet can test his blood for resting insulin levels. (Blood should be drawn in the morning before any grain meal, and with only low- carb hay available through the prior night.) An elevated resting insu-