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post #1 of 7 Old 12-10-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Any Advice For Testing Positive for PSSM?

My Horse Otto has just tested positive for PSSM.

According to the paper work Otto is Type 1 Positive (P/N).

Type 2 is considered the severe case of PSSM. That would be (P/P).

I am currently researching the disease and looking at/into everything I can find. But as always personal experiences help.
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First thing to do is to go through his diet including having the hay analyzed. Eliminate the obvious high charbohyrates (whole grains,sugars ) and the key is to get 20% of his caloric intake on the form of fat (oils). That would work out to approximately 2 cups oil per day. You can also get some of the fat in rice bran, whole soybeans, flax or high fat complete feeds.

It's a rather easy condition to deal with.
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That's good to hear!

When he started having issues we switched him to Purina Ultium which is one feed recommend for the disease.... that was probably a month or more ago.
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Ultium is a good choice but are you feeding enough? 2 C oil is equivalent to 1# oil (fat). At 12% fat, he needs to be getting 8# of Ultium to get enough in his diet. Besides the fact that this would break most banks, can he still get enough hay to keep himself happy but not pack on the pounds? I'd incorporate some oil just to save some $$. I can buy 1.25 G of canola oil at Costco for $10. 1# oil (2 C) is going to run $1 where as the same fat calories in Ultium will cost you $4.80 ($30/bag).

If you are feeding enough, you should be seeing improvements by now.
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Ultium is a good choice but are you feeding enough? 2 C oil is equivalent to 1# oil (fat). At 12% fat, he needs to be getting 8# of Ultium to get enough in his diet. Besides the fact that this would break most banks, can he still get enough hay to keep himself happy but not pack on the pounds? I'd incorporate some oil just to save some $$. I can buy 1.25 G of canola oil at Costco for $10. 1# oil (2 C) is going to run $1 where as the same fat calories in Ultium will cost you $4.80 ($30/bag).

If you are feeding enough, you should be seeing improvements by now.
I'll have to see about having the hay analyzed... I board him which makes things like this more difficult.

He does get pretty much free choice hay (all he can /will eat) and is turned out on grass when its available in the spring,summer, and fall.

He has been improving but its a difficult situation.

The horse NEVER tied up before (Well, in the past 5 years I've known him). He got sick and when the vet came out that day he tied up for the first time that we ever saw, at the same time all his muscles were swollen, and his muscle enzyme test tested SUPER high (we all assumed it was due to a low vitamin E).... thats the only reason we found this all out... other than that he has never had an issue before in the past 5 years.

So now he is back to normal (ever since he shook the cold/infection he had) but this test came back P/N... surprised the hell out of me.

He sure did get thin though when he was sick and its taking a while to put weight on him again.
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It is generally an easy condition to deal with if your horse's PSSM is in the mild category 0-14%.......but if you end up with a horse that is in the moderate category that's a different story.

Anything under 10% is generally rideable with a proper diet, turnout and exercise......above that things can change.

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According to the paper work the vet gave me I should go off his past behavior (before he got sick)... which is he had none (until he go sick)

Vet thinks the two (being sick and the PSSM) are unrelated. However she believes being ill triggered the condition to appear, but suggested changing nothing, getting weight put back on him, and riding him like we used to. She believes he will be unsympathetic from this point on... but we will still watch him.

We all agreed to keep him on the purina ultium anyway, because it simply cannot hurt.

Since he recovered from being sick, and got off all the antibiotics, he seems fine. Kicking, bucking, and running just like he used to, we have been lunging him only with no sign of muscle tiring or tying up.

He is currently getting Proviable- EQ Pro Bios and getting the next three months off (Trainer is out of space for the winter and I'm having a baby and any now). So he can fatten back up and enjoy winter turnout time, and the trainer will travel to the new barn weekly to do ground work.
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