Equine Cushing’s And Insulin Resistance Group Launches First Video In Series To Prevent And Treat Laminitis

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Equine Cushing’s And Insulin Resistance Group Launches First Video In Series To Prevent And Treat Laminitis

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

All images:  ECIR Group Inc.

If you’ve owned a cushinoid or laminitic horse or pony, you may already be familiar with the mission of the Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) Group Inc. The ECIR Group is an all-volunteer organization, founded by Robin Siskel, and born out of a desperate need for solid, scientific information and solutions to help horses with Cushing’s Disease/Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction and other metabolic disorders (metabolic syndrome is characterized by a cluster of disorders, such as reduced glucose tolerance, hyperinsulinemia, hypertension, visceral obesity and lipid disorders) and prevent laminitis.

Dr. Kellon

Dr. Kellon

Halfway measures get halfway results, is a phrase frequently used by Dr. Eleanor Kellon, co-owner of the ECIR outreach group.  An Honours Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kellon received special training at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Kellon is an established author who has written on the subject of equine podiatry, keeping older horses, drugs and vaccines, radiography, and rehabilitation of laminitic equines.

The ECIR Group has just completed a short film that will be used to further spread the message of hope for people with cushionoid/PPID equines. The film is the first in a series that the ECIR Group hopes to produce to help people with proven, science-based protocols for caring for equines with metabolic disorders. This first film was made possible because of donations from friends of ECIR and supporters at California Trace, Forageplus, and Uckele Health and Nutrition. In order to fund the future films, ECIR needs to raise more funds.  Their benefactors have agreed to donate $5,000 if the group can raise an additional $5,000 before December 31, 2016.  So – very time sensitive in terms of raising funds!

The first movie is available here:

 

 

All research and information provided by the ECIR Group is a direct result of the work of volunteers whose goal is to prevent the suffering caused by laminitis. The most current estimates size_550x415_jack_with_copyare that 10% to 15% of horses will suffer from laminitis every year, with 80% to 90% of the cases caused by endocrine disease. That is, on average, one million horses in the US alone. It can be a death sentence if not diagnosed and managed correctly.

This group has improved the welfare of equines with metabolic disorders by focusing on prevention and treatment, helping caregivers to learn and recognize the importance of diagnosis, diet, trimming, and exercise. If you’re a “Foot Soldier” or “Hoof Hero” and you’d like to help them reach this goal, you can make a donation and watch the fund-raising progress in real time.  In 2008/2009 I personally benefited from the resources of the ECIR back when the only presence they had on the internet was a Yahoo group.

Sharing is Caring!  Thank you for helping improve the lives of horses….

 

 

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About heatherclemenceau

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3 responses »

  1. Pingback: Equine Cushing’s And Insulin Resistance Group Launches First Video In Series To Prevent And Treat Laminitis | francaisdefrancesblog

  2. I didnt know that horses can get endocrine disorders…that cause laminitis! Jack looks great. Thank you for sharing this info Heather. I am always a little smarter and better informed after I read your articles. Loved the posititivity of the video too.

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