Can Body Shape Predict Metabolic Issues in Horses? KER August 2018
reporting on research by Fitzgerald et al. at Queensland University presented at the 2018 Australasian Equine Science Symposium:
Fitzgerald DM, Sillence MN, De Laat MA
Morphometric measurements for identifying equine metabolic syndrome.
Proc. Australasian Equine Science Symposium 2018 7:29
cresty neck score (CNS), but not body condition score (BCS), neck or girth circumference, was positively correlated to a post oral glucose test insulin result that suggested Equine Metabolic Syndrome.
Coleman MC, Belknap JK, Eades SC, Galantino-Homer HL, Hunt RJ, Geor RJ, McCue ME, McIlwraith CW, Moore RM, Peroni JF, Townsend HG, White NA, Cummings KJ, Ivanek-Miojevic R, Cohen ND
Case-control study of risk factors for pasture-and endocrinopathy-associated laminitis in North American horses
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2018 Aug 15;253(4):470-478. doi: 10.2460/javma.253.4.470
looked at 199 horses diagnosed with endocrinopathic laminitis after grazing and found that "horses with an obese body condition (i.e. body condition score ≥ 7), generalized or regional adiposity (alone or in combination), preexisting endocrinopathy, or recent (within 30 days) glucocorticoid administration had increased odds of developing PEAL, compared with horses that did not have these findings."