Any relation to the Elephant Man?
Posted by snarkyrider
Ok, so we know the Elephant Man suffered from one, or possibly several, diseases (wiki wasn’t 100% clear on this), but those (presumed) fat deposits on the horse totally reminded us of him. (Are we going to hell for that thought?)
Most likely scenario is that this poor horse suffers from Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS). Which, in this case, we can equate it to the Fat Fairy getting drunk and literally pouring fat dust onto specific and random parts of this poor horse (normally the fat fairy would sprinkle fat dust from afar to affect the whole of the horse – clearly).
Ok, ok, back to reality, if you insist. EMS is a disease that is largely still under scrutiny, not much is known about it. What we do know (at least according to wiki, which we all know can be wrong from time to time) is that EMS is linked to insulin resistance – along the lines of type II diabetes (you think what you want, we’re sticking with the Fat Fairy). It is also sometimes referred to as Peripheral Cushing’s Disease, because many of the symptoms are similar. With EMS however, there is no pituatary disfunction and cortisol levels are normal. Seeing as not much is known about this disease there obviously isn’t a cure. But, similar to HYPP, it too can be managed through diet and exercise. More information on it can be found here.
Ponies are especially prone to EMS, but if can also affect other breeds. Some others to watch include Morgans, Spanish breeds, Mustangs, Peruian Pasos and Paso Finos. Notice a theme here? That’s right! They’re all breeds that are stereotyped as “easy keepers”.
We found this poor guy on the Horse Gossip forums.
This one is courtesy of Pia’s Parade blog.
A note to the care givers of the above horses: extra grain does NOT equal love! Preventing founder-like symptoms does! If your horses could speak and understand what was happening to them, don’t you think they’d chose a little less food over the indescribable pain of having their leg bones literally sink into the eroding tissue of their hooves (founder being the rotation and/or sinking of the pedal bone)? Everyone seems to recognize that a skinny horse is not a healthy horse, but there are many, many health issues associated with having a chunky horse too.
PS. The Fat Fairy frequently visits me, Dressage Empress but is woefully afraid of Jumper Girl; she runs. Join me in secretly hating her, won’t you?