Originally Posted by loosie
Have you had a vet out to test him? Consulted a nutritionist or otherwise? How long has he had these problems? I'd be inclined to call in an 'expert' or 2. Yes, horses can indeed suffer 'insulin resistance' which is very similar to type 2 diabetes.
What is the horse's condition otherwise? What is his diet? How much alfalfa does he get? Nutritional balance? How is he fed(eg. How much, how many meals, etc)? It's possible it's as simple as a nutritional imbalance, such as too much protein, too little Mg, etc.
I have discussed his issues with my vet, but did have any testing completed. I have not consulted a nutritionist... I am not sure that I can find one nearby. These problems have existed since I bought the horse about two years ago. Nick is otherwise in good physical condition. His spring/summer diet consists of pasture grass and alfalfa hay. Up until about two weeks ago, he was also getting about 16 oz. Of Purina Enrich 32 forage each day. His weight is perfect.
Do you think that all of these symptoms could be tied together? Should I start with a urinalysis to rule out the possible insulin resistance? Thanks loosie!