Optimal diet of horses with chronic exertional myopathies.

TitleOptimal diet of horses with chronic exertional myopathies.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMcKenzie EC, Firshman AM
JournalThe Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice
Pagination121-35, vii
Date Published2009 Apr
KeywordsAnimal Feed, Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Animals, Diet, Horse Diseases, Horses, Muscular Diseases, Physical Conditioning, Animal

Chronic exertional rhabdomyolysis represents a syndrome of recurrent exercise-associated muscle damage in horses that arises from a variety of etiologies. Major advances have been made in the understanding of the pathophysiology of this disease, and causative genetic defects have been recently identified for two conditions-polysaccharide storage myopathy of quarter horses, paints, warm bloods, and draft breeds. Dietary management in combination with a regular exercise regimen comprises the most effective means for control of clinical signs.

Alternate JournalVet. Clin. North Am. Equine Pract.