Dr. Kathy Fox, DVM and head of research for the Fenway Foundation was chosen by the American Association of Equine Practioners (AAEP) to present the results of our Friesian Blood Study at their annual convention held in Nashville, TN. As reported earlier, the Foundation worked with researchers at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine and IDEXX Laboratories to determine reference intervals (RI) in Friesian horses. The knowledge of how Friesian horses are different and alike as compared to other breeds with respect to their blood values will allow for more accurate diagnosis, treatment and more reliable response to therapy.

While a detailed summary will be published for Friesian owners and their veterinarians in the near future, the following are summary highlights published in a recent article by covering the convention (full story under the “Education/Links tab of our website):
A) “11 hematologic and 19 biochemical general horse reference intervals that were acceptable for use with adult Friesian horses.”
B) “There were 3 hematologic and 2 biochemical values for which Friesian-specific RI values should be used which included hemoglobin, red blood cell count, hematocrit, glucose and lactate dehydrogenase.”
C) “Use of these values will help to prevent overdiagnosis of conditions such as anemia, hypoglycemia, and muscle or liver injury thereby eliminating unnecessary diagnostics and treatments. It will also help to alleviate the confusion that occurs when a Friesian horse fails to respond to therapy.”

The Foundation is honored to have been chosen by the AAEP and looks forward to future and continuing research projects to the benefit the Friesian horse.