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Groundbreaking Test For EPSM

Geneticist Dr. Molly McCue at the University of Minnesota, in conjunction with Dr. James Mickelson and Dr. Stephanie Valberg of the Comparative Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory, have announced the availability of a genetic test for equine polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM/EPSM).They have uncovered a genetic mutation that accounts for over 90% of cases of PPSM/EPSM across all breeds. The mutation involves an enzyme involved in the manufacturing of glycogen, the storage form of glucose in muscle cells. A second mutation that they are calling the modifying gene has been

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Pigeon Fever- Making its Rounds

Grant Miller, DVM

Previously characterized as a late summer, early fall disease among horses in the western and southwestern US, Pigeon Fever was scarcely known to most. But now, it appears to be spreading to new parts of the country. read more

Heated Water Hose

Lee Foley

We've always said don't mix horses, electric and water, which is why we pass on electric buckets and water-trough heaters. These devices involve the horse, and no matter how safe or untouchable the electric portion may be, we worry that a persistent horse may get to it. read more

Safety Thought: Go Cotton For Your Longe Line

Cotton is a better bet for your longe line. read more

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