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post #1 of 4 Old 12-13-2011, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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The Cinnamon Dilemma for IR Horse

I have an IR pony that I am currently balancing her diet. Cinnamon was suggested to help. I've done a lot of research, and I'm overwhelmed. Apparently, the best cinnamon is Rou Gui and Gui Zhi from Asia. All well and good, but it is EXPENSIVE. Like really amazingly expensive. I am thinking of just buying the organic bulk cinnamon and calling it good (she's supposed to get 1 Tablespoon a day), but does anyone KNOW if there is a place to get those other ones cheaply? Does anyone else with an IR horse feed cinnamon? Will it really make that much of a difference if I use the regular and not the asian? I'm leaning toward the regular stuff because of the cost. 1 lb of the organic cinnamon at the store is 5 dollars, the asian stuff is 35 for 1 lb!! I am already testing the hay and while that's being done she's on EZKeeper Grass Vite and Quiessence in a Smartpak topped with Remission. She has a grazing muzzle when out in the pasture and a dry lot. She exercises 3 days a week, sometimes more or less depending on the needs of the other horses. The vet said more fiber will help, too, so I was thinking of combining the cinnamon with some chia seeds. I still have to see if she will even eat it ... so I'm going to kitchen cabinet tonight and putting some regular spice rack cinnamon with 1/4 cup chia seeds as an experiment. She's still chubby; however, her crest is softer, but she looks like Jell-O when she trots.

Any thoughts on cinnamon? Has anyone used it successfully (and did you use the regular or Asian kind)?
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I've heard of psyllium for IR horses, never cinnamon though.. Have you asked your vet about feeding cinnamon? I would talk to him, or an equine nutritionist before starting any new supplements.

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Success or failure of certain herbs or spices depends on the horse, since metabolism is involved and that varies from horse-to-horse

I have two metabolic horses. One is insulin resistant the other has equine metabolic syndrome. Those two diseases are the same but different.

These two horses eat the same but different?

They both get this Sugar Balance. It has cinnamon in it as noted on the web site. Herbal Remedies for Horses including Natural Equine Supplements for Laminitis and Founder in Horses- Herbs For Horses

I am acquainted with a lady whose horse was recently diagnosed with cushings. She is feeding that horse chia seeds and chastetree, apparently with some success.

I feed the EMS horse chastetree but not the IR horse.

I agree to consult with an equine nutritionist. Everything you're feeding or wanting to feed are good things but------------sometimes too much of a good thing makes it/them not good things. They don't work like they should because they can sometimes cancel each other out

It's can be tough getting not only the herbs, etc figured out but the dosages. It's like walking a dietetic tightrope for horses
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-15-2011, 01:06 AM
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I'd be speaking to an equine nutritionist or herbalist about it.
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