HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Fat horses face health problems

percent.

However, based on the horses seen routinely in clinical practice at VMRCVM, the research team hypothesized the prevalence of overweight and obese horses was much higher than the reported 5 percent. We thought it was at a level of at least 15 percent, said Dr. Thatcher.

The research team designed a prospective study and conducted it over the course of 60 days from June 19, 2006 through August 17, 2006. They studied 300 horses, ranging from 4 to 20 years old from 114 farms, chosen randomly from over 1,000 animals in the VMRCVMs field service horse population.

The horses were studied between 6 a.m. and 12 noon, prior to any grain or concentrate consumption, which can alter glucose and insulin levels.

Two independent body-conditioning scores (BCS), which assess the amount of fat cover of the horses, were assigned to each animal. The scores range from 1 to 9 and a score of 8 or 9 signifies obesity. Morphometric measurements were also taken to allow the research team to calculate body weight and body mass index (BMI). These measurements include girth circumference, neck circumference, body length, and height.

Each horse was checked for signs of laminitis and blood was drawn to assess glucose and insulin levels as well as other hormones, cytokines, and oxidative biomarkers. A questionnaire was also completed by each horses owner to gather background information on breed, gender, health history, feed, and exercise. Ponies, minis, donkeys, draft breeds, and their crosses were excluded from the study, as were pregnant and lactating mares, and horses undergoing treatment for medical problems.

While laboratory testing and data analysis are still underway, the research team has already made some alarming discoveries.

Fifty-one percent of the horses in the study were found to have a BCS greater than 6. Thirty-two percent of the horses in the study were found to have a BCS of greater than 6
'"/>

Contact: Christy Jackson
cljacks@vt.edu
540-231-7239
Virginia Tech
9-Jul-2007


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. A private bandwidth for communication in bats: Evidence from insular horseshoe bats
2. Vets seeing more horses with nutritional issues this year
3. Witonsky honored with Pfizer award for work with EPM disease in horses
4. Basque Country horses
5. Virginia Tech researcher examining malignant melanoma in horses
6. Study shows how respiratory disorder slows some racehorses
7. Racehorses, asthmatics, meatpackers may have similar etiology of airway disturbances
8. UF researcher: Ideas about fossil horses undergo evolution in thinking
9. Particle emissions from laser printers might pose health concern
10. Cell damage caused by brushing may help keep gums healthy
11. New studies on goats milk show it is more beneficial to health than cows milk

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/31/2018)... RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (PRWEB) , ... October ... ... announces the appointment of Brad Heidinger to Director of Operations. With more than ... senior executive with proven visionary leadership in the biomanufacturing industry. Heidinger joins Azzur ...
(Date:10/31/2018)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... October 31, 2018 , ... ... mark of its FebriDx® test, clearing the way for its immediate launch in ... rapid, accurate, and simple to use point-of-care test that is expected to contribute ...
(Date:10/26/2018)... ... 2018 , ... uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics, announces ... Group and prominent women’s health expert, to its Medical Advisory Board. Joining the ... bring to uBiome her expertise on women’s health including risk factors for chronic ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/25/2018)... ... 24, 2018 , ... To prepare for radiological and nuclear emergencies, the U.S. ... Medical, LLC to repurpose its commercial Silverlon ® technology for radiation injuries ... company has been awarded a three-year, $8.4 million contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research ...
(Date:10/24/2018)... ... October 22, 2018 , ... uBiome, the leader ... the Data Science Institute, Stephenson Chair of Data Science, and Professor in the ... board of leading scientists and doctors from around the world, Dr. Bourne will ...
(Date:10/24/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... October 23, 2018 , ... ... technologies, today announced a new, exciting brand for its recently created biologics solutions ... Molecular Devices’ Biologics Biotherapeutics portfolio of products, and henceforth will be known as ...
(Date:10/18/2018)... ... October 18, 2018 , ... Predicine, a ... San Francisco Bay Area has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists ... Predicine received CAP accreditation for its Shanghai facility last month. The current dual ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: