Optimal Diet of Horses with Chronic Exertional Myopathies

Erica C. McKenzie, Anna M. Firshman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-135
Number of pages15
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2009

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  • Digestible energy
  • Exertional rhabdomyolysis
  • Fat
  • Nonstructural carbohydrate
  • Polysaccharide
  • Starch


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