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How serious is PSSM in horses?

Does My Horse Have PSSM? How Serious Is PSSM in Horses and Other Questions

Questions that send shutters down any horse lover’s back are: Does my horse have PSSM?  How serious is PSSM in horses? What are the signs of PSSM in horses?

Looking at internet and magazine articles, you might think that tying up is the only symptom, but that’s far from the truth.  There’s a lot of subtle hints well before you get to full-on crisis mode (tying up is a muscle energy crisis), and the sooner you learn what’s behind them, the better chance your horse has at living a normal life.

Another question often asked is “Would you buy a horse with PSSM?” The answer to that is – it depends – on both the situation, and on your ability to care for the horse should he/she become symptomatic.  Personally, I don’t test before purchasing and am not worried too much about getting another horse with PSSM, but a big reason for that is my management is already streamlined to deal with PSSM.  I feel these horses need a good home as much as any other horse, and if the owner has the time and resources, sometimes a PSSM horse is a good fit!

The following posts are designed to help with diagnosis – knowing the subtle signs of PSSM in horses, where to test for PSSM, what the tests mean, and additional resources for learning – these can make or break whether you successfully bring your horse back around after symptoms start. There are also some unusual symptoms that seem to crop up often on the forums, and that I myself have struggled with in the past.

As the saying goes – knowing is half the battle; so if you believe your horse may be dealing with PSSM, testing may really help you get them right.  Hopefully these posts will help you to decide whether testing for PSSM is the right decision for your individual.

For more on my journey with PSSM and the early symptoms I face with Jax, see my Horse Health posts.

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B vitamins for horses, thiamine for horses
Research Articles: B Vitamins for Horses with Muscular and Neurological Issues
Bambam EPM horse symtpoms, EPM horse behavior changes, epm in horses
EPM in Horses Case Study: Bambam’s EPM Horse Symptoms and Behavioral Changes, and Bringing Him Back Into Ridden Work
Feeding Horses: Bringing a PSSM Horse Back To Healthy: Horse Tack Reviews, Treeless Saddles Reviews
Feeding Horses: A Promising Dietary Approach To Managing Horses with PSSM and Neurological Issues
Treatments for PSSM: 2021 lameness issues from chronic inflammation
Potential Treatment For PSSM and Other Sick Horses: Is Chronic Inflammation A Massive PSSM Trigger?
ImmuBiome Reviews, Gut Health For PSSM and Older Horses
ImmuBiome Reviews – A Truly Excellent Line Of Products
calcium supplements for horses, oxalate dumping in urine, pssm horses
Unexpected Journey to a Sane Horse – Calcium Supplements For Horses, Nervous Horse, Oxalates, and Keeping A PSSM Journal
PSSM Horses and Horse Behavior - PSSM Horse Behavioral Problems
Does My Horse Have PSSM? PSSM Horse Behavioral Problems and Training Issues
PSSM Test for PSSM1 and PSSM2 - PSSM in horses
PSSM Tests for Types 1 and 2, UMN Myopathy and PSSM Study, and Helpful Videos, Podcasts
PSSM horse with sore muscles - Hilason infrared fleece sheet
Infrared Horse Equipment: Back On Track Horse Products, Schneiders Lux, and Hilason Infrared Sheets for a Horse with Sore Muscles
PSSM1 PSSM2 Hybrid Diet PSSM Supplements - Arizona Copper Complete Reviews
Arizona Copper Complete Review: Hybrid PSSM1 and PSSM2 Diet
Herbs for horses - PSSM
Herbs for Horses: Natural Treatments for PSSM horses
epsom salt for horses benefits - transdermal magnesium for sore muscles, PSSM
Quick Healing for A Horse With Muscle Soreness and Laminitis: 2 Tricks Using Transdermal Magnesium For Horses
PSSM horses, electrolyte imbalances, big head syndrome in horses, and baking soda for horses
An Honest Look at Baking Soda For Horses With PSSM: 3 Pros, and Potential Cons?
Jax's PSSM symptoms and solutions - horse health, nervous horse supplements, horse colic causes and treatment
Horse Health Solutions: PSSM, Potential Colic Causes and Treatment, Horse Behavioral Changes, Gait Changes, and More
MSM for Horses: PSSM horses, liver health, sore muscles
MSM for Horses With PSSM and Other Muscle Sore Horses: Promising Help for Liver and Muscle Health
PSSM horse spooking electrolyte imbalances
Is Your Horse Spooking? How Important is Electrolyte Balance for PSSM Horses and Other Nervous or Scared Horses?
PSSM Horse Scratching and Shedding
Agitated, Itchy Horses and Horse Scratching – Can Shedding Trigger Electrolyte Imbalances?
PSSM diet, PSSM management, PSSM exercises
PSSM Diet – An Individual, Research Backed Case Study on Feed Regimens, Feed Triggers, and More!
Treeless saddles for horse sore muscles behind saddle - Trekker saddle, Trekker Luxus
Trekker Luxus Treeless Saddles – PSSM Horse Sore Back, Painful Muscles
Horse Back Pain - PSSM Horse Friendly Tack - Haf, bareback pad, bitless
Best Bareback Pads and Treeless Saddle Pads for Horse Back Pain: Haf Pad, Toklat Saddle Pad, Skito Pads, Equipedic, Barefoot Physio
Renegade Hoof Boot Review: PSSM friendly tack
Renegade Hoof Boots Review – Renegade Classics and Renegade Viper Hoof Boots
Torsion Saddle Review: Close Contact English Treeless Saddle
English Treeless Saddle Review: Torsion Saddle Pros and Cons of this Little-Known Close Contact Treeless English Saddle
Ghost Saddle Review for a PSSM Horse with a Sensitive Back
Ghost Saddle Review: Firenze – Ghost Treeless Saddle Review
Cheap Treeless Saddle - Ebay English Treeless Saddle Review
Reviews of eBay Treeless Saddles: Cheap Treeless Saddles
Side Pull Bridles for Horse Grinding Teeth: Moss Rock Side Pull Bitless Bridles for PSSM Horses
Side Pull Bridle Review: The Reliable Moss Rock Biothane Endurance Side Pull
cone suppling exercises for pssm horses
PSSM Rehab Exercises – Simple Trot Pole Exercises, Cones, Backing, Walk, Trot, Circles, Canter Pole Exercises
PSSM in horses, PSSM1, PSSM2 - PSSM symptoms
PSSM in horses – what chronic pain feels like
Exercise and Rehab Plan for PSSM Horse Muscle Issues
Gentle Myofascial Release – Equine Bodywork for PSSM Horses Before
Gentle Myofascial Release – Equine Bodywork for PSSM Horses
coconut for horses, pssm horse diet, pssm horse supplements, can pssm horses have oats, can pssm horses have alfalfa, can pssm horses have grass
Glycemic Index, Rice Bran and Coconut for Horses, and the PSSM Horse