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post #1 of 4 Old 12-17-2011, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question What is 'Muscle Wastage'?

What is Muscle Wastage and how does a horse get it?? Also where abouts on the body does it turn up at and is it bad?

99% of the time, its the riders fault.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-17-2011, 09:37 AM
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If you Google "muscle waste on horses", you will get a lot of hits.

Muscle waste is associated with various types of equine diseases and is not to be confused with "no muscle tone" because the horse doesn't get enough excercise.

My 24 yr old has muscle waste from a metabolic disorder he has. He is on a special diet.

Some other diseases that cause muscle waste are EPM, EPSM, cushings; all of which require the horse to be on a special diet geared toward each disease.

Again, if you Google muscle waste, you will get a lot of credible hits to educate yourself
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-18-2011, 12:23 PM
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Lady Neigh,
Muscle wasting can be a sign of EPM, but by itself does not mean the horse has EPM. As walkinthewalk said, several diseases, lack of exercise, and lack of calories can cause this. Please see this site to learn about EPM, start with the Symptoms page. www.EPMhorse.org

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-18-2011, 12:31 PM
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Muscle wastage under a saddle (particularly either side of the withers) is where the saddle has been too tight and prevented the muscle from developing and growing. In the Uk, if you mention muscle wastage and horses this is what most people horsey folk will think of at first but you can also get general muscle wastage from poor diet and execise.

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