Skip to Navigation


Oct 19, 2010

FREE Webcast: Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Dr. Ray Geor

WATCH recorded webcast

Speaker: Dr. Ray Geor | Michigan State University

Summary: The term equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is used to describe the clustering of obesity (and/or regional accumulations of fat), insulin resistance and increased susceptibility to laminitis in horses and ponies. In fact, EMS is now regarded as the most common cause of laminitis. 

This presentation will review the clinical features, diagnosis and medical management of EMS, and discuss dietary and exercise measures for mitigation of laminitis risk in affected animals.

This webcast is the fourth in a series titled “Equine Genetics: A New Diagnostic Resource for Horse Owners,” and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Research Initiative.

Presenter Information: Dr. Raymond Geor is a Professor and Chairperson in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Geor earned his veterinary degree from Massey University in New Zealand in 1983 and completed a large-animal internship at Murdoch University in Australia in 1984.  He then did a large-animal residency and completed an MVSc degree at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, in 1988.  He earned a PhD from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.  He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal). 

His clinical and research interests are in equine medicine, nutrition and exercise science.  A current research focus is the interactions between obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance, and how these conditions increase susceptibility to laminitis. 

Get involved in research! Free hay, pasture, and feed analysis now included in addition to blood insulin and glucose testing for horses selected to participate in EMS study. Take the initial survey at:  We need the help of horse owners to accumulate data on as many horses with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) as possible.   In order to identify the underlying genetic susceptibility to EMS, we need to compare a large number of horses with EMS and a large number of normal horses or “controls”.  In this comparison, we evaluate the DNA in EMS and control horses and identify genetic differences. The genetic differences which are highly correlated to having EMS can be used as genetic markers for the disease.  By assisting in our project, you will provide us with information essential to further understanding EMS and ultimately determining ways to better manage EMS.