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Vet Diagnosed Horses


Multiple Breeds

DSLD-ESPA has been documented in many breeds of horses including Appaloosas, Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Quarter horses, Missouri Foxtrotters, Peruvian Pasos, Paso Finos, Tennessee Walkers, Warmbloods, Crossbreeds and others.  The links below lead to individual reports on diagnosed horses.  These pages are graphic intensive and best viewed with a high-speed connection.  Click on a horse below to view it's vet report and ultrasound images.

Gomero, Peruvian Paso Gelding

Owner recognition of problem: Spring '05. 
Diagnosed:  2005
Euthanasia:  14 November 2005

Ono Eagle Joe, Thoroughbred Gelding

Age: 8
Owner recognition of problem: Spring 2005
Diagnosed: Spring 2005
Euthanasia: Jun 2005

Alisandro, Peruvian Paso Gelding

Age: 15
Owner recognition of Problem: March 2005
Diagnosed: May 2005
Euthanasia:  29 Nov 2005

Impreso, Peruvian Paso Gelding

Age: 11
Owner recognition of problem:  May 2006
Diagnosed:  May 2006
Euthanasia:  No


Note:  Dr Halper of UGA is available for biopsy tissue diagnosis.  Please click here to learn more.

1. Flex test of fetlock joint. DSLD/ESPA horses will fail in two or more legs.

2. Palpation:  Pain response especially in the suspensory branches and fetlock area. Suspensory may be enlarged. May feel very taut while weight bearing and soft /mushy when not weight bearing.

3. Ultrasound:  Follow Dr Mero's Diagnostic Protocol.  Also useful is Dr Mero's exam form for SL measurements.

4. Tissue diagnosis is available from UGA at necropsy. Tissue samples may include tendon ligament bundle of lower leg, one leg affected and one that looks non affected. The aortic arch, eye, liver, lungs and skin.

The amount of harvested tissue can include all tissues or just the legs, depending on the amount of diagnostic information requested by the owner.

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