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    Default how many of you have heard of DSLD/ESPA?

    Never heard of it before.
    apparently these vets are working on a dna test for it to prevent more being born with it. and asking for more donations to speed up their research work.

    ive certainly seen horses look like this but simply thought it was injury related not genetic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YXTxvTEJFo&NR=1


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKu_EHtsfK0&NR=1

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    some more i found

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfs1o...eature=related

    i remember decades ago seeing a newly imported arabian mare moving and looking like this poor mare below. at the time i thought gee this doesnt look natural, the owner thought she was just stiff from the journey to australia.

    wonder how her offspring have turned out. apparently this is being found across the board in many breeds. just another genetic marker think breeders would sure want to know to never put two carriers together

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snFhr...eature=related

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtQCT...eature=related

    how utterly sad to find another defective gene out there like this. at this stage they are not sure if its dominant or a recessive until the find the marker although it looks to me how do they know which is injury and which is? genetic?

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    Poor horses do you know how close they are to finding the gene marker?

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    I'd heard about this a few years ago, when someone on the 'net had a broodmare mare with DSLD and they bred her again.
    Towards the end of the pregnancy, the mare's suspensories ruptured so they had the mare supported in a sling 24/7 until the foal's birth.
    It was awful and has stuck in my mind ever since I read it. The poor mare.
    You can read about their experience here - http://web.archive.org/web/200503072...e/miracle_.htm
    It's

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    thanks Leesa

    i am a bit astonished all the years ive been around horses never heard of it yet it is so widespread across the board of all breeds.

    with hindsight i have certainly seen horses that look like the symptoms shown.

    i found this link with more info on it and the interesting bit that diet can control it, so even if its genetic sounds rather like it doesnt kick in until the diet is lacking or overloaded with something?

    which at least if you susect something diet is an option to control it which is a posative which isnt available in other genetic problems.

    heres the link

    http://dsldequine.info/

    certainly reassuring to learn the professor said they on average see only 2 horses a year. the lady who told me about it gave me the impression its a problem no one recognises as so few know of its existance. strange how many x breds as well. usualy being x bred = hybrid vigor.
    Last edited by mindari; 21-06-11 at 11:43 AM.

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