Journal article

Insulin Sensitivity in Thoroughbred Geldings: Effect of Weight Gain, Diet, and Exercise on Insulin Sensitivity in Thoroughbred Geldings

RW Quinn, AO Burk, TG Hartsock, ED Petersen, NC Whitley, KH Treiber, RC Boston

Journal of Equine Veterinary Science | Published : 2008


The effects of dietary energy source, controlled weight gain, and exercise restriction on insulin sensitivity (SI) were studied in mature Thoroughbred geldings with body condition scores (BCS) of 4.3 ± 0.1. Two dietary energy sources were used, one high in starch and sugar (HS; n = 9) and one high in fat and fiber (HF; n = 7), and horses were fed 20 Mcal digestible energy (DE)/day above maintenance requirements to encourage weight gain. Using the minimal model of glucose and insulin dynamics, no differences in SI between groups were noted before initiation of treatment concentrate feeding. After dietary acclimation, SI was decreased in HS (P < 0.01) as compared with HF. After 32 weeks of con..

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