Normal, obese, then improvement. Will metabolism ever be close to normal again?
If a horse's metabolism was once normal (could graze for hours like a normal horse and not be too fat), then the horse was allowed/made to become obese by overfeeding, is there any chance the horse will ever have a normal metabolism again?
Boyfriend has obese Andalusians. Obviously two totally different metabolisms, but he is shocked at how much Orchard hay my DWB's get, and how they can be on pasture almost 24/7 (not super lush, but green). His horses were once able to graze in his beautiful pastures all day long. Sadly, they cannot anymore.
Is there any hope for their metabolism to be repaired?
Darn! I am guessing not, since no one has commented?
I was just feeling optimistic that my comments to him that their metabolism is ruined were incorrect. Such a shame that this could have been prevented with proper management! (actually, it really makes me angry when innocent horses suffer because people don't choose to do the right thing. )
Andys, the Baroque breeds in general, are more prone to EMS issues than many other breeds, so these may have reached a point where management is needed. It's not always about the calories - it's often about the amount of sugars. Many IR horses can have free choice hay, a LOT of it, but low-sugar stuff.
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