Originally Posted by taylormadeappys
We DID NOT know that our stallion had PSSM until this summer. He is a 12 year old stallion with no issues and none of his foals had either until one filly was having problems. We IMMEDIATELY had him tested and were shocked that he was n/P1. There was NEVER any reason to suspect it until then.
You know, PSSM has been around for hundreds of years...this is not a new thing. Horses have been bred that "tie up" all the time. If YOU have stock horses, I challenge you to have them tested. I think you will be shocked that 1/3 of your horses "statistically" will have it. We have been nothing but up front out our stallion having it....each foal is tested and buyers are informed...as was Rachael when we were talking. Think what you will but Unique's diet has been changed to protect her from issues....THAT'S what a responsible owner/breeder does when thrown a curve ball...
Well it was responsible of you to have your stallion tested after one of his foals was found to have PSSM.......I think everyone should have stallions and mares tested for this........unfortunately the blood test that is performed can only pick up certian percent......that percent varies depending on who you talk to....the average is about 50 to 70% at best. My gelding had a muscle biopsy done in order to confirm PSSM as a blood test work failed to identify his particular case.
Changing a foals diet will not necessarily protect them from having sypmptoms of the disease......my guy was on a PSSM diet and while it helped with his intitial symptoms it has not made him rideable...the best he can manage is being a pasture pet......he also has some heart issues which are probably related to the disease. How well your foal does will be dependent on the severity of muscle involvement.
Now that you know that your stallion carries the gene the responsible thing would be to geld your stallion so he can't reproduce and continue to pass this gene on.
As an owner of a horse that has a PSSM horse it has been devasting knowning my guy will never reach his full potential........he is everything you would want in a horse....he has great conformation, unusal color (dun), tall but not too tall 16.1 hands, easy go and unflappable and a desire to please....and good looking to boot.