Originally Posted by carol51
i think its disgracefull if theres problems genetically in any breed all should be tested for so i guess its gonna be up to the responsible breeders to do it themselves whats new.
What about new comers? Can you imagine them all excited with the idea of getting a dream horse, they usually don't know much or enough about genetic disorders and ending up paying a good dollar for an affected horse?
I have followed the story of my friend's horse. She knew from the day she bought him it was something wrong with him. Then thanks to some devoted breeders, who discovered they had PSSM1 horses themselves and opened this can of worms trying to educate the others. Then the test became available in the US and the breeder tested her mare and the foal. The mare was N/N, the foal tested Ps1 positive. It meant that the sire of the said foal was a PSSm1 carrier. He also was the sire of my friend's foal as well.
it started to make the perfect sense with all the symptoms fitting the picture.
Talking to a real person facing real dramas with PSSM horse scared the bejesus out of me.
So we tested all our breeding stock. It costed us a small fortune but at least we could sleep well knowing that our horses don't carry dominant genetic disorders that could be passed on in 50% cases. We were so lucky they all were negative
The results are on our website for everyone to see.
I wouldn't buy or breed to a PSSM1 horse after seeing how it affected my friend.
So folks it is back to a buyer beware again! If you don't ask a breeder or a stallion owner if their horse is a carrier they are not obliged to tell you because neither of AAA, AQHA or PHAA require the testing.
There are lists of positive and negative horses on the PSSM1 Forum page on a social networking site. It is worth while checking prior to breeding or purchasing your next horse.