Samples and Responses Needed For Equine Muscle Disease Survey

Muscle disorders in horses aren’t uncommon as breeds have been specifically bred for specific characteristics like speed, endurance or pulling ability. Among some of the more-common heritable muscle diseases are polysaccharide storage myopathy type 1 (PSSM1), hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP), immune-mediated myositis (IMM), malignant hyperthermia (MH), PSSM type 2 (PSSM2), recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER) and […]

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How To Add Weight To A Stubbornly Skinny Thoroughbred

Q: I’m unhappy with my 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding’s weight. Shuster is 16.3 hands (170 cm) and ribby. In the year that I’ve owned him, he’s gained a lot of weight, but he’s still not close to where I need him to be, even though he’s consuming this daily: 8 lb (3.6 kg) grass hay, 3 […]

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What If They’re Shivering Because Of Something Other Than The Cold?

Cold weather may be affecting many horses and owners in the Northern Hemisphere, but ambient temperature has absolutely no impact on whether or not a horse has shivers, despite its bone-chilling name. While widely recognized in certain breeds of horses over the past several centuries, until recently little was known about the cause of this […]

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Pasture Management For Horses With PSSM

Horses with Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) can be a bit tough to manage in a boarding barn situation as they require a specialized diet and regular exercise to keep them healthy and their condition under control. PSSM is an inheritable glycogen storage disease usually found in Quarter Horses and other heavy breeds; when horses affected by PSSM ingest […]

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