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Many overweight horses are leptin resistant. This means that leptin, the hormone that tells the brain that the horse has had enough to eat, is no longer effective. The brain has become resistant to "hearing" the signal to stop eating.
To reduce leptin resistance, please refer to the Resource Library on Leptin Resistance for detailed help.
Slow Feeders can be part of this plan to help your horse lose weight. There are specific criteria that need to be addressed when using them. The resources below will help you.
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