Frequently Asked Questions
What is Wellness Ready?
The Wellness Ready Equine Insulin Test allows veterinarians to instantly test insulin levels in horses without sending a sample to a laboratory. This stall side test enables veterinarians to immediately identify horses at risk of foundering and begin a course of treatment.
How do I get a test?
The Wellness Ready™ Equine Insulin Test is available to veterinarians at wellnessready.com. Horse owners, ask your vet to visit wellnessready.com for more information and ordering. Vets, please complete the Account Application, or sign in to access the shop. Free standard shipping in contiguous US. International shipping is available.
How does it work?
The test is quick and minimally invasive. A vet will: draw a blood sample from the horse, run the simple stall side test, and read the insulin test results from the accompanying digital reader.
How accurate is the test?
Please see the Wellness Ready Test Performance Characteristics Report
What is the shelf life of a Test Kit?
Test kits should be cold stored and used within one year of the manufacturing date. (Current lot expires Dec. 31, 2022).
What horses are at a heightened risk of laminitis?
Insulin is an important natural hormone that regulates metabolism at the cellular level. However, high blood insulin, or insulin resistance (hyperinsulinemia), is the primary risk factor for laminitis, the second leading cause of death in horses.
- Any horse with a history of laminitis should have insulin tested regularly. Horses that are "easy keepers" and over the age of 5 should also be monitored frequently, especially those genetically predisposed to metabolic disorders.
- Horses being administered glucocorticoid steroid injections (triamcinoclone, betamethasone, methylprednisolone), which can cause spikes in insulin, and horses undergoing long term treatments with steroids such as prednisone and dexamethasone.
- Horses with free access to lush pastures, and horses that consume large quantities of sweet feed or grain.
- Horses used for breeding. Stallions can become foot sore and reluctant to breed when experiencing mild laminitis. Insulin dysregulation has been proven to reduce fertility in mares and is a significant cause of unsuccessful breedings. Pregnancy, particularly late term, also predisposes mares to insulin dysregulation and laminitis.