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Understanding Why Some Horses Seem Predisposed to Metabolic Syndrome

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) has emerged as one of the most common causes of laminitis in horses and ponies, and evidence suggests that certain animals are genetically predisposed to develop the disease. In this project, researchers will study two suspect genes and determine if they are associated with the development of EMS. This study brings together the expertise of researchers from four institutions and has the potential to greatly advance the understanding of EMS and laminitis susceptibility.

Dr. Raymond J. Geor, Michigan State University

Co-sponsor: Smoke Rise Foundation