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Cresty Necks and Laminitis: Equine Endocrinology Part I

The two main endocrinologic concerns in horses are equine Cushing’s disease and equine metabolic syndrome. These disorders are increasing in prevalence as our equine population is better cared for and living longer. These disorders can have two main similarities: 1) insulin resistance 2) the potentially devastating possibility of laminitis. It is important to understand the signs of insulin resistance and be able to effectively manage these horses to decrease the risk of laminitis.

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Anatomy of the Foot (Diagram)

A = Heel
B = Cleft
C = Commissures
D = Sole
E = Wall
F = Toe
G = White Line
H = Frog
I = Bars

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