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post #1 of 8 Old 03-21-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Would you buy a horse with PSSM?

We finally found a horse that we're all really interested in for my daughter for 4-H, an 11 year old Foundation QH mare. She has been a barrel horse, done tons of different trail stuff, done some cow work, and acts like she'd prefer to be a pleasure horse. She's absolutely beautiful, she and my daughter really hit it off, and she performed better for my 10 year old daughter than her owner.

The catch is she's got Type 2 PSSM (EPSM). It has been well managed by changing her diet and stretches. I've done a lot of research and think I understand the disorder a bit, but I can't seem to find a lot of info about longevity. If it's managed well, does your average horse have the ability to be ridden for most of their life? Would you run from this horse fast, or give her a shot?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-21-2012, 11:50 PM
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I have dealt with this is draft horses. I chose to sell the horse as the feed bill was way too much. But I have heard from others that their horses tend to have some bad days. If well managed, they are usually fine, just the odd bad day.

I am leery about it, but again, it was a HUGE draft horse who's diet that the vet suggested ran $25 a DAY (he was a growing colt who's sire was 20h and dam was 19h - he was going to be a big boy and eat at least half a bale of hay a day if he had been completely healthy. So please that that into account.
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BIG fat NO for me........I have an APHA that is PSSM type 2 who is in the moderate category.....he is unrideable........has some heart issue when out on pasture........planning on putting him down in a few months before the grass starts to come on.

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-22-2012, 12:55 AM
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the money involved and the fact that your daughters emotions will also be invested... i would bow out. There are wonderful, healthy horses on every corner. That is just my opinion.

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A competitive safe kid's horse is worth their weight in gold. It's not that big of a deal to manage. The most important thing is 24/7 turnout. I'd absolutely take a second look at her.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-22-2012, 01:20 PM
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I would pass. PPSM will get worse with age, and as it progresses simple things become more difficult such a farrier work etc. Have seen others struggle with horses who had mild cases at 4 and then having to put them down by the time they were nine because they progressively got worse. (Quarter Horses mostly) This horse is 10 so obviously she has been well managed. I would be very very cautious.

If you want your daughter to have a horse she can truly bond with get her one that you know will last many years and she will always be able to ride.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-22-2012, 01:31 PM
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I would pass her up to many healthy horses out there that need good homes why buy a horse with health issues. If that was my daughter i would be finding a horse that will last for years to come. The heart break of losing a horse is sooo hard when your a kid even hard as an adult. Get a healthy horse that your daughter can enjoy.
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UPDATE! So I talked to the vet. She was initially called out because the horse was not performing correctly. The vet said she did a full lameness workup and the horse showed no signs of lameness what so ever, however she had a very tight hind quarters. The vet suggested putting the mare on a PSSM type diet because she was essentially a sugared up athlete. She is very spoiled and likes her sweet feed, so her owner gave her a lot of it. She was at a barrel race nearly every weekend and training regularly and eating too much sugar. Within a week of coming off of that high sugar diet she was better. Her vet is pretty confident that she does not have PSSM. We are doing a vet check next week.

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