Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Management of the Overweight Equine

September 26, 2012 6:30 PM

Please Join Us for an Educational Event for Horse Owners

Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Management of the Overweight Equine

Bonus: Purina Equine Largest Loser Contest

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, 11308 92nd Str. SE, Snohomish

RSVP by September 23: 360.568.3111

Generously Sponsored by Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed

Refreshments Provided

Topic Overview:

Your horse is not just “fat and happy!” Gina Fresquez from Purina Animal Nutrition will discuss the dangers of equine obesity and the importance of nutrition. She will reveal how to body condition score your horse to determine if he/she is overweight, and will provide management tips and weight loss solutions for your horse.   

PVH’s Dr. Wendy Mollat will then talk about equine metabolic syndrome in the horse. Horses affected with metabolic syndrome are often described as “easy keepers” and may have excessive fatty deposits on the neck, rump, sheath or shoulders. If not appropriately managed, horses with this syndrome are at risk for developing chronic, intermittent episodes of laminitis (founder). This talk will educate the horse owner about equine metabolic syndrome, why it occurs and effective management strategies.

After the presentations, attendees will have a chance to participate in the Purina Equine Largest Loser Contest. This program entails a 90-day challenge, and owners must commit to a consult and adhere to the rules of the program outlined at the event. Get that horse healthy! The winner of the contest will receive five free bags of Purina feed.

About Our Presenters:

Gina Fresquez, M.S., Equine Nutrition Specialist, Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC

Gina Fresquez received her B.S. degree in equine industry and her master’s degree in equine nutrition, both from the University of Arizona. In 2004, she was an intern at the Purina Mills Equine Research Facility in Missouri, and began working as an equine nutrition specialist in 2006. Gina attends equine nutrition and veterinary conferences every year to stay abreast of the latest in equine nutrition research and development. She works closely with horse operations testing hay, balancing feed rations, going over nutrition management programs and helping owners with feed-related challenges in horses. Gina has been riding horses since childhood and competed in English, Western, endurance, dressage and reining. She considers herself an all-around horse woman, as she loves all breeds and disciplines.

Wendy Harless Mollat, DVM, DACVIM, Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital

Wendy Harless Mollat grew up in Bend, Ore., where she was actively involved in riding and training hunter/jumper and dressage horses. She received her DVM from Oregon State University in 2002 and went on to complete a one-year internship in equine medicine and surgery at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital. Here she developed an interest in camelids (alpacas and llamas), neonatology and infectious disease. Dr. Mollat followed her internship with a three-year residency in large-animal medicine at UC Davis and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In 2006, Dr. Mollat returned to Pilchuck to lead the medicine section of the equine referral hospital. Her focus includes biosecurity (controlling the spread of infectious disease), neurological diseases, neonatology and equine gastric ulcer syndrome. Outside veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband, working on projects in her new (old) home, sailing in the San Juan Islands and bicycling.