Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman
I just went and searched on my tried and true favourite health website thehorse.com
Long long and very interesting article came up. The diet change seems to be the only cure there is for EPSM. It will take up to 6 months to see a change, it might get worse before it gets better, there is not really proof of it being genetic, the biopsy is sometimes misleading. Lots of owners change diet and, if horse has improved after 6 months, have their diagnosis.
It did name a lot of symptoms, says some horses show them more, others more subtle.
But it fits Snickers. TheHorse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care | TheHorse.com
Sign up, it's free, and type "EPSM" in the search bar. Firs article who comes up, big horses big appetite.
I will definitely read that, thank you.
I went on a ride today on Belle, while Snickers was lead by my daughter. We rode up and down the side of the mountain across the street on one of the boarder patrol gravel roads. I was glad to be behind Snickers so I could see her feet, since I'm usually the one leading her. The slope was pretty good incline. It kills me when I've walked it. Snickers seemed fine on the way up mostly. She would stop to take a break every so often. Going down, she didn't stop, but you could clearly see that her hind fetlocks would pop and drag after a little while or when the slope got a little steeper.
At this point, I would be surprised if she didn't have EPSM/PSSM.
I weighed their hay today and they get about 40lbs a day for the two of them and often have some left over....so they are not getting too much for sure. My small hole haybags are on backorder. So, I'm waiting. Just doubled the large hole one I have.