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my appaloosa has a cresty neck... he's always had it and the vet has looked ...
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    cresty neck *new pics on page two (better view of his neck)*

    my appaloosa has a cresty neck... he's always had it and the vet has looked at him many times. She said he's not overweight and it is just where he stores his fat but I can have his thyroid checked if I would like. I didn't have it checked yet but I was just wondering if he has a cresty neck, does that ALWAYS mean he will founder or is it just a place where he stores his fat. Also, his crest isn't real hard and in the spring it MAYBE got a TAD harder if anything at all but she said that's okay because he's eating more grass and he doesn't need a grazing muzzle. I have some pics here but idk how much you can get from them. I'll try to take some tomorrow that give a better view of him.
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    Appys shouldn't have the "fat pad" like Drafts and ponies.

    (which still should be minimal)

    Doesn't always mean founder. That has nothing to do with the actual foundering process...just many "overweight" horses that founder, tend to have a cresty neck. One of those "Tendancies" but not causes.


    Insulin resistance can cause a horse like yours to develop a crest

    Thyroid

    and various other things that are just being learned about.


    First question...her ribs...can you feel them?

    Make sure the crest is not weight related. Some vets still won't insult an owner and allow horses to get the nice fat pads...then fight to get them off by blaming other issues, when it could have been prevented if they just grew some cajones and told the owner the truth.
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    my mare has a reallly cresty neck. can't find a reason for it. god knows i have tried. just the way she is built. but make sure you rule out everything first. i had the whole gammit of tests done.

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    No he will not founder if u take some fat off him. Cresty necks have nothing to do with founder, I raised them. I kept neck sweats on the ones that got a little crest all day, took them off and hosed down the horse for the night. I left two on all day even when riding sweat will reduce this crest.
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    Insulin Resistance seems to be the topic of the day! lol...JBandRio!!!

    Let see...from what I have learned so far...does he seem to be storing fat around the withers and croup as well? Is he a really easy keeper? Okay...there goes my knowledge. I'll leave the rest to the experts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blistering Winds



    First question...her ribs...can you feel them?

    Make sure the crest is not weight related. Some vets still won't insult an owner and allow horses to get the nice fat pads...then fight to get them off by blaming other issues, when it could have been prevented if they just grew some cajones and told the owner the truth.
    thanks for all the help guys and in response i can feel his ribs and i know my vet would tell me because she said it to another person at the barn and she's honest about weight. But a pony that founders at the barn has little fat pockets behind his shoulders and taz (my appy) has them too a little. Do you think i should pay to have his thyroid checked?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheplovr
    Cresty necks have nothing to do with founder,
    Cresty necks associated with insulin resistance can have a lot to do with founder.

    There's a difference between what you often see in Quarter Horses - large bodied horses, muscular, thick necks, that you want to have a more refined neck, where the bulk IS fat - and in the IR horse where the bulk is edema, not fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Busterzkool
    i can feel his ribs and i know my vet would tell me because she said it to another person at the barn and she's honest about weight.
    A horse who is insulin resistant doesn't have to be fat.

    But a pony that founders at the barn has little fat pockets behind his shoulders and taz (my appy) has them too a little. Do you think i should pay to have his thyroid checked?
    I think it would be worth having a glucose test done (for the IR) and possibly also a thyroid test. Thyroid issues tend to give you horses who are fat and won't lose weight, despite diet changes.
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    Quote:
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    Cresty necks have nothing to do with founder,

    Quote Originally Posted by JBandRio
    Cresty necks associated with insulin resistance can have a lot to do with founder.

    There's a difference between what you often see in Quarter Horses - large bodied horses, muscular, thick necks, that you want to have a more refined neck, where the bulk IS fat - and in the IR horse where the bulk is edema, not fat.
    ..also, just FYI'ing, a cresty neck is also a sign of obesity which is the number one cause of laminitis and ensuing founder. Where I think the poster is trying to say that a cresty neck does not CAUSE founder, but it is a sign that something isn't right and most definitely puts that animal in a higher risk category for founder.
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    Does obesity in and of itself cause laminitis? I am under the impression that being fat is not the problem. It's the reasons why the horse is "fat" that are the problem. Too much grain, IR, thyroid, Cushings, among other things.
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