Muscular and Skeletal Illnesses in Horses

Cecilia de Cardenas
Oct 01, 2008
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Unfortunately, there is no treatment for EPSM that has proven to be truly effective. However, there are changes that can be made to a horse’s diet and exercise routine that can help it perform and live a normal life. Such changes include eliminating all unnecessary carbohydrate concentrates from its diet, including sugar beets, molasses, grain, etc. Instead, consult your veterinarian as to what high quality roughage can be given as a replacement.


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As far as exercise is concerned, the horse must begin slowly before achieving thirty minutes of “real” exercise. This should be done once per day. While you may be inclined to allow it to rest comfortably in the stable, too much rest can be detrimental to the horse's health and performance. Instead, your EPSM-diagnosed horse should be kept out in the pasture (and out of the stable) as much as it will allow for.

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