Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
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You will get as many different answers as there are metabolic horses.
1. Have your hay tested for WSC & NSC. If its starches and sugars are high you will have to soak it --- there's a lot of debate as to how long to soak hay. 20 minutes seems to be good to leech out the sugars and carbs, more time will end up leeching out vitamins and minerals.
2. My IR horse only gets a condensed vit/min supplement that is soy-free and does not have added iron. I mix it and his other needed supplements with 1-1/2 measuring cups of Timothy pellets twice daily and add water to keep everything together.
If your horse is an easy keeper, I would only feed a condensed vit/min supplement mixed in Timothy pellets. If he is a hard keeper, you will need to find a high fat calorie feed with a low NSC value.
When my horse was diagnosed as IR in 2012 his insulin level was 303 and his founder was so serious I considered PTS'ng him. His blood test last week showed an insulin reading of 82 which is in a happy normal range. He has not needed a muzzle since 2015 and he is able to be on pasture several hours daily. He is my avatar horse, that pic was 2017 on his 21st B-day.
That all said, I am not managing Cushings. Does your vet have your horse on Prascend? The dosage varies with each horse.
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