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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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Monte - Loss and Grief

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

When your farm is filled with older animals – basically a hospice situation – you know there will be frequent losses and you prepare yourself. So when I arrived home from a herding clinic late Sunday night I can’t say I was totally shocked when my husband said he had to have Monte euthanized. I will write of Monte’s life some time but this is about his death. read more

FEI - Horses and Ballet

Credit: HORSE POWER MEETS BALLET AS FEI WORLD CUP™ FINALS LAND IN LYON read more

Cranky mares

Grant Miller, DVM

For some mare owners, spring marks the beginning of a cyclical battle to achieve harmony amid a hormonal roller coaster. In this article, we’ll discuss ways to manage the mare in heat , so you can enjoy a smooth ride. read more

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