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Monday, October 5, 2009


A busy day as usual, but a rainy one as well. Horses were put out in the rain by 9am gotten back up by 12, stalls clean, water, feed, sand treatment, fly treatment and clean water. Someone keeps putting their nasty hoof in the water troft.

One of the things that started my down fall and shutting the world out for a while till I could get my feet planted well again...
Navarre was diagnosed with PPSM. There are two types of this genetic disorder, he has the mild form which is good.

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy
also known under EPSM and EPSSM.... PPSM is the most widely used acronym at this time but I wanted to list all three just in case someone else out there needs info. the horse with PSSM will accumulate excessive amounts of sugar in their muscles both glycogen and polysaccharides. SIGNS are... horses developing muscle stiffness, soreness and reluctance to work with exercise, however with the Drafts and cross drafts this includes muscle atrophy, weakness and gait abnormalities. Some horses that are managed well may show no clinical signs caused by this inherited defect in the GYS1 gene (called glycogen syntheses) which appears to disrupt energy metabolism.

PPSM. is a glycogen synthesis disorder, but the most common issues are tying up andChrionic Muscle disorders. This PSSM is mostly in draft, draft crossbreeds, but also Quarter Horses, American Paints, Appaloosas, Hafflingers, some warmblood breeds, Morgans, Tennessee Walkers and other breeds.

for more info I suggest owners, caretakers and horse lovers to go to the Neuromusculare Disease Laboratory website.

Management of PSSM is diet, exercise and turn outs
Diet is a change and control of everything... Forage, Electrolytes, Complete feeds, too complicated to go into today. But complicated enough for me to have several pages of research on it. email me if you need this info.

Exercise is more like that of a wounded horse getting BACK into shape instead of a horse at what ever age you are starting. SLOW and easy is the only way to go with these horses... otherwise you are asking for muscle issues and tying up at cool off. Again several pages of research on hand but to post it all on line would only get others heated about their horses.

But trust me this was all a lot to take in, a slow process in changing feeds, exercise, turn outs and effecting my everyday life, as anyone with a sick child would do...

Just note because this is genetic one if not both of Navarre's parents have this as well. I haven't gotten a return on any of my calls trying to find out, which is of no matter to me. I love Navarre and he is not going anywhere!

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