Recipe For a Happy Draft Horse

2-6 scoops alfalfa pellets (can substitute or mix with Purina Strategy) 3-4 cups soy oil (can also use canola or corn oil) 1-2 ounces vitamin E and selenium supplement Heaps of good forage Buckets of water Lots of respect and love Note: Feeds one 1500-2000 lb draft horse for one day Dr. Beth A. Valentine […]

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Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

quine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (EPSM) in Draft HorsesNovember 15, 1997The following are some subtle signs that have been observed in affected Draft horses. Please indicate any that your horse may have had, with any comments that you think may be useful. Lack of muscle mass or conditioning, especially in the shoulder or hind quarters _____ […]

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What To Expect Following Diet Change

WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING DIET CHANGE Although it is not possible to predict exactly what you might see in your horse following diet change, this will try to give you some ideas. The information below is based on observations we and horse owners have reported in biopsy-confirmed and suspect EPSM horses following diet change. If […]

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EPSM, PSSM, EPSSM, Diets

Designed by Dr. Beth Valentine with assistance from Drs. Harold (Skip) Hintz, Bob Van Saun, Don Kapper, and Kent Thompson Goals To provide no more than 15% total daily calories from starch and sugar, and at least 20-25% of total daily calories from fat Forage Either grass or legume hay (such as alfalfa) can be […]

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Newly Recognized Muscle Disease

Beth A. Valentine, DVM, PhD Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell UniversityResearchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell are involved in an ongoing study of a muscle disease that could affect all draft horse owners, including those with carriage horses, working farm horses, pulling horses, show horses, and breeding horses. The […]

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