Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS)’ is a term that describes a series of clinical signs that contribute to the development of laminitis (founder) in horses. EMS is most commonly seen in pony breeds, Morgans, Paso Finos, and Norwegian Fjords, although Arabians, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, Saddlebreds, Thoroughbreds, and Warmbloods have all been diagnosed with the syndrome. In general, “easy keeper” breeds are at higher risk than “hard keeper” breeds such as Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Identifying EMS in affected horses/ponies is important because proper management will aid in the prevention of laminitis.

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North Florida Equine recommends the following essentials for your horse’s first aid kit: 1.  Absorbent compress dressings – anything thick and absorbent to use when applying pressure to a bleeding wound 2.  Bandage material – rolled cotton or a specifically designed bandage roll 3.  2 – 6 inch gauze rolls 4.  Self-adhesive bandage such as Vetwrap or […]

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