Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
don't be deceived by thinking that a horse has to be overweight to have metabolic syndrome or IRS - look more for those odd fatty deposits that the other person posted on the grey pony - cresty necks, patches of raised dimpled looking bulges on the quarters especially, sometimes around the sheath in geldings
Restrict grazing, if you need to supplement hay then choose a feed that's been produced for horses that have a metabolic/laminitis risk condition and try to exercise as often as possible
My own vet recommends a chromium/magnesium supplement after having good results with it on a pony he 'adopted'. My old mare had problems some years ago after being fed a sweet mix while on a boarding yard for a while and her appearance is now pretty much normal - no crest at all since I started her on Quiessence.