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    06-18-2011, 07:04 PM
HYPP diet

I have a quarter horse which I have had for 2 years. I knew she was Hypp, but I did not realize the severity of the disorder. Well she had an attack last week. I do not want her to have another so I am looking for tips: Does anyone have an Hypp horse and what do they give give to help prevent the "attacks". Doc said he doesn't think she needs the Acetozolemide because it she has only had one attack since I purchased her in 2009, but I just want more suggestions.
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    06-18-2011, 07:33 PM
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I do not have an HYPP horse but I know someone that does. I think you can call your vet and they can give you a good diet to put her on. I know that she keeps Glucosomine in the barn and has the horse on a specific feed.

Please understand that just because your horse has only had one attack doens't mean she can't have ten more. HYPP doesn't work like that, a horse can go it's entire life without having one attack or it can go through a stint where it has several. They can be mild or severe. So I would keep the Ace on hand, anytime you haul out anywhere, I would use the recommended dose. Did your vet offer you a diet plan?
    06-18-2011, 07:54 PM

Oh I know she can have another attack. Trust me I am well aware of it. My vet thinks it was the gatorade I gave her over the weekend. He told me to stop giving her that and not to worry about her electrolytes. Her k level was 8.4 when he assessed her that day. That was after Acetozolemide and caro syrup. To be exact an hour after the episode. She is already on an insulin resistant diet due to her laminitis when I first bought her 2 years ago. We are also on Timothy only as far as hay for that same reason. I am just looking for other tips.
This is a very spoiled horse. She is my world. I just want to continue to take the best possible care for her.
Any suggestions?
    06-18-2011, 08:10 PM
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No suggestions from me. Since I don't have an HYPP horse I can't really speak from any kind of experience. I wish you the best of luck though. I'm a big fan of Impressive bred horses (I have 2). I love their personalities.
    06-18-2011, 08:33 PM

Thanks for posting anyways. Like I said she is our baby.
    06-18-2011, 08:50 PM
So she is n/n?
    06-21-2011, 01:48 AM
Originally Posted by goneriding    
So she is n/n?
If she were N/N, she would be normal and not have any attacks. She is either N/H (most likely) or H/H.

Unfortunately, you learned a hard lesson with the Gatorade. The HYPP diet is all about limiting K. A simple diet of just grass hay works well. She needs to be fed a minimum of 3 times per day to limit the amount of K she gets all at once. If she needs more to keep weight on, BP and oil is safe. Do not limit water or salt. Check out loose minerals/vitamin blends. The 2 I use (Moorman's and Progressive Nutrion) do not have K listed on their analysis or ingredient list but double check. It might not be in any of them not just those 2 manufacturers.

24/7 turnout is best and they can be out on pasture.
    06-21-2011, 07:06 AM
She never stated what she was. When she calls it an episode, I can assume she is talking about tying up. You can still tye up when n/n. She wasn't clear to me.
    06-21-2011, 07:43 AM
There is an excellent article about HYPP diet at below link.

    06-27-2011, 05:58 PM
Actually the episode lasted about 2 hours. Mindy is N/H. Like I stated I knew she was Hypp, but I lost all rationality because I was working her. She is stalled. I had come early because I had a training session and she was at the corner of her stall. Head down. She whinnied at me, but stayed in that position. Her temp was low at 98.5, she was cold, clammy shocky almost and very listless. I pulled her out of the stall and took her outside. Had her try to eat grass, but she put it in her mouth did not chew it. By this time my trainer was out there and so was my Barn manager. Because of the cold clammy I thought maybe she was going to colic or had perfed her stomach. We did give her the Acetozolemide and Caro syrup and an hour later she had barely changed. The rest was what was posted. In 2 years she has never had an incident with me. It was the gatorade that threw her over the edge. $500.00 lesson, but its only money. The main thing is that she is okay. Thanks for the input. I have read tons on it.

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