Insulin dynamics during equine pregnancy –Possible relationship to osteochondrosis in foals

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  • Published: 21 Nov 2013

  • Author(s): Bryden, W.L., Foote, C.E. , Cawdell-Smith, A.J. , Anderson, S.T.

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Skeletal disease in growing foals is a significant industry problem. It is commonly referred to as developmental orthopaedic disease (DOD). The debilitating effects of DOD affect all horse breeds and the the underlying causes of the condition is poorly understood. It is often seen in very young foals which suggests that the problems in bone formation occurred prior to birth. This project investigated insulin resistance in the mare and the long term effects on normal bone development in the foal.