Sugar Balance Naturally-IR Insulin Resistance in Horses

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Natural Treatment for Horse Laminitis (pellitized)

Sugar Balance Naturally is a natural herbal horse supplement that treats Insulin Resistance in horses by helping to regulate glucose and insulin.

Clinical studies in humans and rats have shown the herbs we use in Sugar Balance Naturally may have the ability to slow glucose absorption and improve insulin sensitivity.



Sugar Balance Naturally is useful in the treatment of Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Laminitis and Founder.

Our customers report rapid improvement of symptoms like sore feet, weight gain, and laminitis/founder when combined with overall recommended lifestyle changes.

Available 60, 120 and 240 Servings (approx)

1-Scoop = 1-Serving 

1000 lb horse: 1-2 scoops/daily (scoop included)


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What is IR or Insulin Resistance in horses?

Insulin resistance in horses is a condition that is on the rise. Normally, blood sugar levels naturally increase in horses when when sugar or carbohydrates are eaten. This causes insulin to be secreted by the pancreas allowing glucose to be carried into the cells and triggering blood sugar levels to go back to normal.

In IR/Insulin Resistance in horses, the cells are unable to properly utilize the insulin. So the glucose turns into stored fat instead of providing energy for the cells.

Many horses suffering with Laminitis have elevated insulin levels in their blood because it can’t penetrate the cell walls. 

“We know that insulin resistance is associated with the risk of laminitis in ponies and certain breeds of horses, and so is obesity. Together, this syndrome is known as equine metabolic syndrome (EMS),” explains Simon Bailey, BVMS, PhD, of the University of Melbourne.

Insulin Resistance in Horses

Symptoms of Insulin Resistance in your horse:

  • Chronic Sore Feet
  • Over weight/ Easy Keeper
  • Always hungry
  • Excessive water consumption
  • Chronic laminitis
  • Founder
  • Thick coat and slow shedding
  • Elevated Insulin on Blood Tests
  • Colic

What causes a horse to be insulin resistant?

There are many factors which can lead to a horse becoming IR. Genetics play an important role as some breeds are pre-disposed to developing problems metabolizing sugar.

A relatively new condition is being recognized in human medicine, currently called syndrome X. This is a group of symptoms related to insulin resistance or hyperinsulinemia and an inability for the cells to transport glucose into them. The disease commonly called “Cushing’s syndrome” in horses has many of the same characteristics as syndrome X has in people. Dr. Joyce Harman

The problem is modern domesticated horses haven’t evolved to be able able to metabolize large amounts of carbohydrates and sugar. Insulin resistance is not a problem in Wild Horses because they are moving sometimes up to 20 miles a day foraging for their food. They don’t stand idle for hours on end at an all-you-can-eat salad bar consuming excessive calories and sugar in the grasses, leading to obesity and conditions like laminitis and founder.

Modern horse keeping is exactly the opposite of how the Wild Horse lives. Stall keeping, highly refined horse feed, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle all contribute to our horses becoming overweight, leading to insulin resistance problems. Horses that are kept in a stall can’t move and burn off calories like a wild horse. They are generally fed large high carb meals once or twice a day instead of a diet of small meals while moving and foraging.

Remember horses aren’t “grazers”, they are “foragers”.

The chance of a horse developing IR increases as they age. The older a horse gets the slower the metabolism thus leading to weight gain and their ability to cope with stress decreases as hormones are no longer plentiful.

overweight senior horse

How do you treat insulin resistance in horses?

Sugar Balance Naturally is a powerful natural herbal horse supplement that addresses Insulin Resistance in horses by helping to regulate glucose and insulin.

Clinical studies in humans and rats have shown the herbs we use in Sugar Balance Naturally may have the ability to slow glucose absorption and improve insulin sensitivity.

Sugar Balance Naturally is useful in the treatment of Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Laminitis, and Founder.

Our customers report rapid improvement of symptoms like sore feet, weight gain, and laminitis/founder when combined with overall recommended lifestyle changes.

I highly recommend THE HAY PILLOW for a slow-feeder hay bag designed for ground feeding. The Hay Pillow allows your horse to eat in a natural grazing position.

Feeding Sugar Balance Naturally daily along with limiting access to grass, increased movement and exercise, using slow feeders and proper hoof care can quickly reverse the symptoms and get your horse sound, comfortable and back riding.

What herbs are used to treat the Insulin Resistant horse?

herbs for insulin resistance in horses

  • Fenugreek slows glucose absorption and improves insulin response, reduces inflammation, soothes the stomach and intestines and aids with fat digestion
  • Kelp contains iodine for healthy thyroid function, is rich in organic trace minerals, biotin and methionine for healthy hoof growth, and magnesium (low levels have been linked to IR)
  • Ginseng normalizes blood sugar and cortisol levels

Read: The Importance of Kelp for Horses

How can horse insulin resistance be reversed?

The longer your horse goes without diagnosis and treatment, the harder it is to undo the damage caused. Good new is with proper care and feeding your horse can live a sound, healthy and long life. Conditions such as laminitis and founder respond very well and often quickly, to a regular program including diet restriction, regular hoofcare and herbal treatment.

treatment for insulin resistant horses

  1. Restrict sugar in your horses diet. No late afternoon grazing when sugar is high in the grass
  2. Make sure your horse gets plenty of exercise
  3. Regular hoof trims by a qualified Natural Hoofcare Practitioner
  4. Small frequent meals. Use slow feeder hay bags
  5. Use a grazing muzzle for early morning turnout only
  6. Offer FREE CHOICE loose Sea Salt year round
  7. Offer FREE CHOICE Kelp year round
  8. Regular deworming program with a Natural Horse Wormer

Our natural horse supplements are proudly made in the USA and contain no fillers, artificial, GMO, or other unnecessary ingredients.

  • Hand Blended
  • Made Fresh the Day it Ships
  • Pelletized for Horses
  • No Fillers

Available 60, 120 and 240 Servings (approx)

1-Scoop = 1-Serving 

1000 lb horse: 1-2 scoops/daily (scoop included)

Ingredients: A proprietary blend including Fenugreek, Kelp, Ginseng

*Disclaimer: We make no medical or veterinarian claims to any of the products offered on this site. The information presented on the Alternative Animal web site is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and should not in any way be used as a substitute for the advice of your physician, veterinarian, or other licensed health care provider.

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A proprietary blend including Fenugreek,Kelp, Ginseng

35 reviews for Sugar Balance Naturally-IR Insulin Resistance in Horses

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  1. Bonnie James

    I give this to both my horses and my donkey. I feel it is comparable to other more expensive products and my animals love it.

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  2. Anonymous

    This product is so easy to feed, I don’t add anything to it & my horses gobble it up, which makes it great to use. Helps with their sugar balance, my horses are fat (I’ve been laid up for 8 years so they don’t get worked) & I’ve had trouble with foundering alot, this keeps them healthy.

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  3. Bonnie James

    I have an easy keeper and a huge pasture so I rely on this to keep my horse safe.

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  4. Carrie

    Fabulous natural alternative to metformin! My Arab Mare is doing great on sugar balance naturally and her numbers are within normal limits now thanks to this amazing formula! Roxanna, you are changing horses lives and we so appreciate you!!!

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  5. Tracy B.

    I think it’s working. He don’t mind eating it.

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  6. Carolyn L.

    Great product.Been using the Cushings Free Naturally and Sugar Balance Naturally for 25 year old Cushings mare. She is doing great! No laminitis, weight is good, coat is a lot better. She is happy and will continue!

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  7. Bonnie James

    I’m grateful to have a natural product that actually works!

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  9. Donna C.

    could be a little less powdery

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  10. Laura B.

    I have not had my mare re-tested yet for insulin levels but she came down with severe laminitis. I added this to my supplements I am giving her (she also has cushings). Her laminae are beginning to grow back together! Nothing is a miracle drug but I believe this product has added additional help to her regime.

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  11. ROSE M.

    IR 30 year old molly mule, developed fat pads on her rear, after 2 bags, they are mostly gone. Keeping her on it, along with the Cushings formula. She is doing great AND SHE EATS IT!!

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  12. Anonymous

    This product works great on my foundered horses & keeps the other ones from foundering, great product!

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  13. Carolyn L.

    Have just used the Sugar Balance Naturally and the product for Cushings on my 25 year old mare. So far so good. The main thing I have noticed is her coat. She has a thick winter coat, shinny and dappled. Not long and shaggy ,dull like last year! Happy to be treating her naturally without the harsh drugs. She is doing great!

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  14. Melissa E.

    Love this product! Has really helped my horses.

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  15. B.Page

    It works. This sugar balance has really helped our horses to be out in the pasture instead of locked in a dry lot. It came within a week which was awesome as I had run out & needed it quickly. I’m just very pleased with this company & I have spread the word to my friends & they to theirs. Thank you!!

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  16. ROSE M.

    using on 30 year old rescue mule. fat pads getting smaller, she eats it, so I am happy

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  17. Lynn A.

    My older horses and fat little pony never have laminitis since I started this product. Thank you for this all natural product!

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  18. Tamara Gonsor

    Lovelovelove the bigger size bag. Not only does it last longer this “Sugar Balance Naturally” works amazingly! My 19 year old Arabian gelding has completely changed with Alternative Animal herbs. It saddens me to see all the horses struggling with EMS, IR, PPID and all the other metabolic issues. Alternative Animal is literally life changing.

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  19. Tamara

    My horse has been diagnosed with Insulin Resistance (IR). While this is not a disease, but a metabolic type. I will treat every horse going forward the same way, low sugar and starch diet. These herbs give my horse what he would naturally get in the wild that domestication has striped him of. I can not say enough about “Sugar Balance Naturally”.

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  20. Kim Rohrbaugh

    This product has really been good for my horse. I’m seeing a nice improvement in him since we started using it. I look forward to working with you in the future. Great company. Product is helping nicely.

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  21. Anonymous

    Keeping my foundered horse & 3 other ones from going lame and they are all on grass now too. Great product.

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  22. G. Childress

    This stuff really works! I thought I was going to have to put my mare down because her laminitis was so bad. After 2 weeks on this at 1 scoop a day she made a miraculous recovery. She is sound, has lost weight and looks and feels better than she has in years! Thanks for saving my mare!

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  23. Melissa E.

    This has been very effective with my two IR horses. I have seen major changes with them. LOVE this product!!

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  24. Melissa Edingfield

    Great response in the horses. Surprisingly My mare’s eyes stopped running, nice added benefit. Haven’t had problems this spring with Digital pulse and hot hooves.

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  25. B. Page

    I’ve only had my horses on the sugar balance for a week, I would’ve waited to review this for another 3 wks, but just after one week so far they have improved some, so I’m very hopeful at this point that the sugar balance is going to work for them. One foundered 9 yrs ago & every so often she gets lame, I give her bute & she’s fine till the next time. If this works it will help her so much & we can possibly get her back to be the great riding horse she was. This is a great alternative to giving them medicine! After a month on this & they keep improving I would give the 5 rating.

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  26. LINDA B.

    Great Product.

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  27. carol shaw

    Quality natural ingredients. Definite improvement in my laminitic horse.

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  28. Lynn A.

    No more laminitis or abscesses thanks to this product!

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  29. LINDA B.

    Great product…works wonders!

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  30. Patty

    I have used this product now for a number of months, on 3 horses that were constantly lame and lamiinitic. They are now out in the pasture walking and running like a horse should. I just reordered the product and will cotinue to do so.

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    This is an amazing product!! I have excellant natural barefoot trimmers for my horses. They have been fighting a separation in one of my horses front hooves even though he actually has just about perfect hooves otherwise. Keeping them off of grass and doing all the right things didn’t seem to help..UNTIL I started giving my horse this Sugar Balance Naturally last Nov (2019), After a couple of months on Sugar Balance Naturally my trimmer noticed a possitive difference in his hooves. My trimmer now notices his feet are getting better and better with each trim. YAY!!! After 5 years of his separation, this Sugar Balance Naturally is the TICKET!! Thank you Rocky for this product….and you know the problem we had with him. 🙂

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  32. Angela

    This stuff is amazing! For years my horse has has “bad” feet. I thought it was just how he was until I found out that the problem was that he had Laminitis. I searched the internet and found Sugar Balance Naturally and the improvement has been tremendous. We keep him up off the grass at night and turn him out early morning. I check his hooves when we bring him in. No sign of heat or pulse to indicate laminitis. Cracks have disappeared, intermittent lameness and abscessing has stopped. He’s barefoot and we’ve never been able to ride him without hoof boots, but now his feet are so healthy we don’t use them. I can’t even express how grateful I am for this product and the relief it has given my horse and our family. It’s like we have a new horse! THANK YOU!

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  33. Carmella C.

    Easy to feed mixed with rations, will not know if it is helping along with new diet until next lab work

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  34. Mitzi

    Best thing I have ever used for my laminitic horse. My barefoot trimmer recommended this after realizing that my horse had laminitis and we were struggling to keep her sound. She had no prob eating it in her oats and the change has been downright remarkable.

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  35. Wendy

    I will never be without this. Before I started using this for my horse he was constantly lame, had recurring abcesses, and had foundered twice. After using this for just a week there was a noticeable improvement in his feet. He was moving better than he had in years. This product keeps him comfortable year round and I’m even riding him again.

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