INR was also created in 2002 from USDA Certified organic ingredients to help support horses going through significant treatment for laminitis or insulin resistance. This product was designed using all the latest research from human obesity studies. The base is hemp meal, which contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) all of which help glucose and insulin get into the muscle cells where glucose is burned as fuel. They increase the fat burning biochemical pathways in the liver. The rest of the nutrients support the glucose and insulin metabolism.
INR contains higher levels of ingredients to help with normal glucose and insulin metabolism, and also contains herbs that support liver and gut function. Many horses undergoing treatment for laminitis need extra support in these areas.
As with Dr Harman’s OB Formula there are many products in the marketplace with similar uses, and the same concern of too much cinnamon. Cinnamon is a useful herb but is very warming from a Chinese medicine perspective. This works well when a horse is internally cool, as many older horses can be, but not as well when used in a younger horse that may be warm internally. It also can be problematic with horses who have PPID (Cushing’s) and are having trouble with temperature regulation and overheating.
INR was designed to be neutral in temperature and is safe to use for horses of all ages and for long periods of time. It can be used initially while the horse undergoes treatment, then later when he is healthier the horse can be fed OB Formula as maintenance. Some horses will do better with the higher levels of the ingredients in INR and it can be used safely for long term support while grass or hay is rich.