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Equine metabolic syndrome

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Equine metabolic syndrome

This condition describes horses that are obese, have insulin resistance due to increased tissue production of cortisol, and have recurrent laminitis. The disease has received different names in the past, particularly Peripheral Cushing's Syndrome, but the most appropriate term is Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

Abnormal fat accumulation along the neck and rump of a horse with EMS
©Dr Nicola Menzies-Gow

What is EMS?

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Why do fat horses and ponies develop laminitis?

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What are the signs of EMS?

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How will my vet confirm the diagnosis?

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Can EMS be prevented and treated?

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