Conditions or ailments that are the cause of a problem that you see - your observation.

Your vet may diagnose

Re-Feeding Syndrome


Horses that are severely underweight require careful dietary management, as it may take many months for a horse to return to a healthy weight and condition.

Re-feeding syndrome is a life-threatening electrolyte imbalance that is caused by an (often well-intended) attempt to put weight on a starved or severely emaciated horse.

Horses that have been starved are extremely fragile. Their digestive tract does not produce adequate enzymes or contain a healthy bacterial population for digestion.

A drastic increase of carbohydrates or glucose causes insulin levels to rise, which shifts the mineral balance that can result in kidney, heart and respiratory failure.

my vet's role


Guarded to good, depending on promptness of treatment and the overall health of the horse.

my role

further reading & resources

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP