To support and enhance the general health and longevity of the Friesian horse
The Health committee will be addressing the following issues along with others that arise:
The Heatlh committee would request that any member of FHANA who has a horse that has been tested positive for any of these diseases to please send DNA samples to the FHANA office.4037 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 160 Lexington, KY 40511
These samples will be stored and held confidentially in store. Once an appropriate amount of samples has been accumulated we will then have these samples tested.
This committee is in the initial stages of planning and development and appreciates any input the membership can offer regarding any of these health related issues.
When is a horse a PSSM Suspect?
Symptoms of PSSM:
If after a thorough veterinary examination, PSSM cannot be excluded, have a muscle biopsy performed (from hindquarter) by your veterinarian and have, he/ she submit the biopsy sample for diagnostic evaluation to:
Dr. Stephanie Valberg, DVM PhD, University of Minnesota, Minnesota
If the muscle biopsy is positive on PSSM collect hair sample:
Send hair sample, a copy of registration papers, and a copy of positive PSSM biopsy results to:
Drs. Beth A. Valentine and Stephanie Valberg are fore-runners in the symptomatology, management, and research of PSSM affected horses.
They have helped many horse owners to manage their PSSM positive horses with low carbohydrate and high fat diets.
Drs. Beth A, Valentine & Stephanie Valberg are the pillars where your PSSM committee builds on to help the Friesian horse owners with affected Friesian horses and our Friesian horse breed as a whole.
Information from the Health Committee:
The Utrech University is in the advanced stages with their research on the following issues:
dwarfism, hydrocephalus, aorta rupture and mega-oesophagus headed by Prof. Dr. Willem Back.
The Health Committee has concluded that the best way we can contribute and help the Friesian population here in North America is to collect and preserve samples and record all of the information.
This will identify the carriers and could help in the near future to narrow down the markers on the genome.
The Health Committee requests the following information be sent to the FHANA office for storage and filing:
Dwarfism and hydrocephalus:
Fetus: digital pictures
frozen ear(s) 4 x 4CM / 11/2" x 11/2"
identification of sire
Mare: photocopy of registration paper
two EDTA vials of blood(cooled)
term (length) of pregnancy
hair sample (if not on file with FHANA)
Aorta rupture and mega-oesophagus
Good clinical diagnosis report
Detailed post mortem report with digital pictures
Histopathology report if available
Frozen tissue (skin taken along the incision line) 4 x 4CM 11/2" x 11/2"
Two EDTA vials of blood(cooled) if possible
Photocopy of registration paper
Prof Dr. Willem Back Presentation
Prof Dr. Back was the featured presenter during the 2011 FHANA AGM.
Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses Inc.N 3398 State Road 76Hortonville, WI 54944
The Health Committee is pleased to work together with FFFH, INC
The Health Committee appreciates their efforts in assisting FHANA members when they experience disease and/or loss with their Friesian companion(s).