Friesian Advocate

99. Myth or Real? Measuring the rate of collagen degradation in the Friesian horse has little significance when trying to explain the predisposition of this breed to soft tissue diseases.

Answer: Myth In a recently published paper, a group of researchers undertook a project to examine breed-related differences in the breakdown of collagen. Their interest in this stems from the thought that issues such as aortic rupture, megaesophagus and gastric rupture are ”a manifestation of a presumed underlying soft tissue disorder.” Specific components of collagen…
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97. Myth or Real? Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome has, as its cause, a wide and diverse group of risk factors with “no single factor isolated as causing the problem”.

Answer: Real In a recent issue of The Modern Equine Vet, Dr. Frank M. Andrews, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LAIM, LVMA, Equine Committee professor and director of the Equine Health Studies Program at Louisiana State University, discussed many of the facts about EGUS, looking at why this happens, what treatments are effective and management practices that can help horses to resolve…
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