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, Physical Conditioning

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.