The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 8, 2005
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    4,413

    Default Pot-bellied horses- protein deficiency?

    Looking at pictures of Bearcat's new Craigslist foal got me thinking. I've always heard that the pot-belly is a sign of heavy worm load. When I saw the picture, of course that's what immediately popped into my head.

    But what about Kwashiorkor? Does it happen with horses, too? I've never heard of it mentioned with any kind of animal. It seems to be most pronounced on undernourished foals, and really makes more sense that just a worm load.

    Thoughts?



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Location
    Greensboro, NC
    Posts
    35,935

    Default

    The pot belly in horses is generally due to either a parasite load, or fiber too high in lignin (indigestible). Panda bears have "pot bellies" because of their diet - very high indigestible fiber, so they eat a LOT of it to get the nutrition they need.

    Protein deficiency in horses is usually seen as lack of topline muscling, or poor muscling overall, but I won't say it can't cause that pot-bellied look.

    I think there are differences between omnivore/carnivore animals who have a higher to MUCH higher protein requirement, and the herbivore who has a relatively low protein requirement.
    ______________________________
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET



Similar Threads

  1. Protein boost for horses after tough workouts?
    By Heliodoro in forum Eventing
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: Mar. 29, 2012, 01:37 PM
  2. Miniature Pot-Bellied Pig- Los Angeles
    By Cammie in forum Giveaways
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Aug. 16, 2011, 03:07 PM
  3. 2yr Miniature Pot Bellied Pig in WI
    By Couture TB in forum Giveaways
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Mar. 14, 2010, 06:09 PM
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: Feb. 24, 2010, 02:50 PM
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: Feb. 20, 2010, 09:24 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •