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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2009 Apr;25(1):121-35, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2008.12.001.

Optimal diet of horses with chronic exertional myopathies.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA. erica.mckenzie@oregonstate.edu


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.

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