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    04-22-2010, 09:48 PM
  #1
Foal
Hypp!

I've decided to start a thread on HyPP. I did not do a search, but... figured this is always a good subject, so you guys wouldn't mind.

Now... No HyPP bashing. Logical arguments are alright, but none of the "HyPP horses should all be killed... they're useless... they suck..." blah blah blah cr@p.

I only say this because on another forum I used to go on, people got into a HUGE argument about it, and it's was absolutely ridiculous!

Anywho.

I have an HyPP N/H mare that IS symptomatic, and is regulated/controlled with diuretics and diet. That being said... she's a lovely little thing, and just the sweetest little monster I've ever met. :]
     
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    04-22-2010, 10:03 PM
  #2
Showing
I think it's very .. what's the word... interesting... that this disease could be 100% eradicated in one generation if every H/H and N/H horse was not bred, and yet it's still rampant.
I know a few very lovely H/H and N/H horses that have led very good lives, I'm not saying that the horses themselves aren't great, but a HyPP attack is heart- and gut-wrenching at best. It's a horrible disease that no horse should be subjected to. In my opinion, this disease should not exist; it is so simple to get rid of, you just don't breed an affected horse.. so why isn't it gone...?
     
    04-22-2010, 10:06 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I agree JDI. I thought you couldn't register a foal out of a N/H or H/H mare? I thought HYPP was pretty much being bred out...?
     
    04-22-2010, 10:09 PM
  #4
Trained
I agree with JDI - The fact that this disease could be eradicated in ONE generation, but has been perpetuated by greed is abhorrent to me.

There is also so much mis-information out there - All Impressive bred horses have Hypp, etc.

There is much less knowledge of Hypp here in Aus - I would bet that at least 30% of those who own a QH wouldn't even know it existed, let alone that it only effects Impressive descendants and that you can test for it.

Along with Herda, I think Hypp is one of the greatest blights on the horse world.
     
    04-22-2010, 10:09 PM
  #5
Showing
There are steps being taken to limit the registry of HyPP-affected horses, but in my very humble opinion, it isn't enough. We could rid the world of HyPP in one generation - ONE generation (!) and a fatal disease is gone! How amazing is that? Yet we still can't make legislation strict enough to make it happen.
     
    04-22-2010, 10:49 PM
  #6
Green Broke
What I find really sad is it is being introduced into other breeds as well, for instance Paints and Appaloosas. I guess everyone loves the halter horse look but it's a shame to spread it to other breeds.

By all means, if you have an HYPP carrier horse, love it and keep it! But should you be breeding it? I personally wouldn't. Yes, you *might* get a negative foal, but what if you don't?

Now I am just a trail person, not a show person, but I remember investigating the pedigree of a potential purchase (a Paint mare) for trail riding, and thinking, gee, it's a shame I have to research whether or not she is carrying HYPP. It turns out she wasn't, but I didn't buy her anyway because I bought a different horse, but how sad that a person even has to research these things. She did trace back to Impressive on one parent's side.

Now when I look at halter horses, I don't see pretty, I see potential for defects. It shouldn't be that way.
     
    04-22-2010, 11:09 PM
  #7
Yearling
I have never even heard of HYPP... What is it and what do horses look like when they have it?
     
    04-22-2010, 11:13 PM
  #8
Yearling
Hyperkalemic P-something Paralysis

Too much potassium builds up and causes seizures is the very simple explanation.
     
    04-22-2010, 11:13 PM
  #9
Super Moderator
The ONLY way you could 100% eradicate this disease "in one generation" would be to have every quarter horse, along with any horse of unknown ancestry, no, let's just say every horse for safety's sake tested. And I do mean every horse because there is absolutely no way of knowing what lineage non-registered horses have. Which means that every horse owner, unless they could 100% prove the lineage of their horse, have their horses tested, required by law and then there would have to be laws set in place that governed the breeding process, or sterilization process of horses. It's a great dream. But not going to happen.

It is however something that will be eradicated in the REGISTERED quarter horses, as they cannot be registered if they carry the gene anymore...
     
    04-22-2010, 11:24 PM
  #10
Showing
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
The ONLY way you could 100% eradicate this disease "in one generation" would be to have every quarter horse, along with any horse of unknown ancestry, no, let's just say every horse for safety's sake tested. And I do mean every horse because there is absolutely no way of knowing what lineage non-registered horses have. Which means that every horse owner, unless they could 100% prove the lineage of their horse, have their horses tested, required by law and then there would have to be laws set in place that governed the breeding process, or sterilization process of horses. It's a great dream. But not going to happen.

It is however something that will be eradicated in the REGISTERED quarter horses, as they cannot be registered if they carry the gene anymore...
Yes, but that's the thing... it is a 100% preventable disease. It could be eradicated, if we wanted it to be. I think that's fantastic... now if we could just do it...
     

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