I.R. Support

I.R. Support

  • $79.00


Designed to support proper blood glucose.

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) often begins with a genetic tendency, making certain breeds more likely to develop the crippling, painful effects associated with being too sensitive to things like grass and sugars. Often referred to as "easy keepers" by their owners, these horses are very efficient at utilizing calories and are often able to maintain their weight with less food.Aiding in proper blood sugar management is essential for horses with a tendency toward metabolic issues. IR Support addresses the issue with ingredients that create a favorable effect on insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels.

The science behind the formula:

Magnesium - is a key mineral that affects both insulin secretion and action and is therefore important in glucose homeostasis.  Typically insulin resistant horses and ponies are on limited hay/pasture diets, which limits the amount of nutrients in their diet.  This generally translates to low intracellular magnesium levels, resulting in impaired insulin function.  So, direct supplementation is often the most effective way to assure the mineral is available to support proper insulin function.

Chromium - works together with insulin produced by the pancreas to metabolize carbohydrates.  It is known for its role in reducing blood glucose [sugar] levels after meals. Pagan et al. (1995) reported that supplementing performance horses with 5 mg/day of chromium had a beneficial effect on the response of horses to exercise stress. Horses were subjected to a standardized exercise test on a high speed treadmill and blood and heart rate were monitored. Horses receiving chromium cleared blood glucose following a meal more quickly than control horses and showed lower peak insulin values and lower cortisol levels. Chromium supplemented horses also had higher triglyceride values during exercise indicating perhaps more efficient fat mobilization.

Cinnamon - Animal and in vitro studies have indicated that cinnamon may mimic the effects of insulin, act as an insulin sensitizer, and improve cellular glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis.

Fenugreek - is traditionally used to slow gastric emptying, and delay absorption of glucose from the gastrointestinal tract.  This may help to reduce the effects of the heavy glycemic load of high carbohydrate meals and allow for a lower, more stable blood glucose level.

Typical nutrient deficiencies found in horses on a limited diet of hay and pasture include: zinc, copper, selenium & vitamin  E - for this reason we have included additional supplementation of these elements as well.


Directions:  Give 1/2 scoop twice daily per 500 lbs of bodyweight.

Active Ingredients: Per 1/2 Scoop
Magnesium 3,000mg
Chromium 1.25mg
Fenugreek 7,000mg
Cinnamon 3,500mg
Zinc 45mg
Copper 15mg
Selenium 250mcg
Vitamin E 250 IU


Ingredients:  Magnesium Oxide, Fenugreek, Cinnamon, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Copper Proteinate, Apple Flavoring, Chromium Picolinate 

Customer Review: 

I.R. Support, part of the healing process
Immediately after my 13 year old paint gelding was diagnosed with founder for a second time in his life I read about this product in The Western Horseman magazine and decided to give it a try to see if it would help . The first time the vet saw dude walk out of his stall he said he would never be ridden again! With corrective shoeing, the IRS supplement and a good low carb feed now three months later the vet said during his most recent visit that we could be looking at some light trail riding in the very near future!! TLC including I.R. Support has made a difference!