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post #1 of 13 Old 04-30-2009, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Cresty Neck

A horse I have been using for the past 2 years has a cresty neck. He is a 13 year old welsh cob sec C gelding who has had laminitis in the past. I am getting lots of feedback from farriers, and today, from the vet-even though I was not there myself-about how he may have a condition. But I am inclined to believe it is his breed. He was quite a bit bigger half a year ago, and so was his neck. But he has lost alot of weight, and there is barely a crest, just a thick neck. Is there something more to know? I can't seem to find any good answers on Google. Someone please let me know if you or someone you know has a similar problem?? Thanks
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-30-2009, 03:10 PM
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We briefly discussed cresty necks last week.

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Pony breeds are more prone to insulin resistance and equine metabolic syndrome. Signs of which including fatty deposits (cresty neck, fat pads at withers and tail head), history of laminitis, drinking and urinating more than normal, possibly muscle loss along the topline depending on the severity of the condition, poor performance, repeat or chronic infections, etc

So being a welch cob with a history of laminitis and a cresty neck, the possibility of him having insulin resistance is pretty good. You would be well-advised to have him tested and then make the necessary dietary and exercise changes. A simple screening test can be performed by keeping him off any food for 12 hours and then drawing a single blood sample to send off for a resting serum insulin. This test is not infallible, but it is a good way to start testing.

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Welsh C's have a tendancy to store fat on their necks. If the crest is thick and stiff then laminitis will soon follow. If the crest feels soft and wobbly then if mostly fat. My welsh D has a tendancy to get cresty during the summer, but I keep a close eye on it.
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I have have a Haflinger and she has a very thick I think its called a crest my trainer said that I just have to buy a sweat thing

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Pony breeds are more prone to insulin resistance and equine metabolic syndrome. Signs of which including fatty deposits (cresty neck, fat pads at withers and tail head), history of laminitis, drinking and urinating more than normal, possibly muscle loss along the topline depending on the severity of the condition, poor performance, repeat or chronic infections, etc

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Question for you Ryle.

I was told on another forum based on this one picture that my horse looked to be IR. I don't see it nor does he have any of the symptions you mentioned.

What are YOUR thoughts?

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I think a crest neck is just more common in the smaller breeds, because my pony has a Huge neck - almost looks like she has some draft in her, and my trainer said that its just her breed. Nothing to be worried about.

Spyder - Your horse looks fine to me? Very pretty!

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Spyder- not that I have seen alot of horses with IR, but the ones I have look nothing like your horse. He looks like his neck might be a little thicker because of correct muscling, which so few horses have. He's gorgeous btw!

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Spyder- not that I have seen alot of horses with IR, but the ones I have look nothing like your horse. He looks like his neck might be a little thicker because of correct muscling, which so few horses have. He's gorgeous btw!

Thanks for the compliment.

It may be because of the neck that I had those unfounded comments (on another forum) but for a stallion, he doesn't even have a crest like most do.

To say the least I was not pleased or impressed with their observations.
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Wow! He's a stallion? I never would have guessed!

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