With our new software update we now have an exciting new feature. Well more than one but we will highlight one in this article.
When you search a horse and bring up his info you will now see, not only the number of foals he has registered with AQHA (this is only for a limited number of horses), but you will also see a tab which says offsrping and beside the ooffspring tab in () you will see the number of foals actually entered in the database - then clicking on the offspring tab brings up a list of the foals that horse has including their marks.
Right now for a limited time we have HYPP marked with an orangy brown color (this is not in the legend and is only up for a limited time) - so if you bring up Impressive - you will see the number of foals he has registered with AQHA. Then beside offspring you will see the number of foals of his we have entered - in his case we have all of his registered QH foals entered plus a bunch of his Paint and App foals as well - Click ofspring and you will see a list of all the foals we have entered and as you scroll down through them you will see at a glance - byt the colored marks - which ones we have info on that are HYPP positive.
We hope you will find this new feature useful. If you are new to the site and would like to access the database access is available through one of the many very affordable membership options.
We have tentatively put up the new software. It may flash off on an on (back and forth between new and old) for the next month or so as we work out a few more glitches ... again thanks for your patience as we work through this frustrating time. While the new system with the marks will likely be confusing at first we hope as you use the site more you will find it very helpful.
So sorry for the hassle caused by the recent software misshap. If anyone is still having trouble logging on please email me so I can get it sorted out for you.
We have had IMM listed in our list of Genetic Issues under "Other Genetic Issues" for a while now but thought since the recent release of a readily available "For Purchase" test has brought a lot more notice to this disease we would publish an article on it.
Have you ever had a horse that lost a drastic amount of weight in a very short time? Was it just after you vaccinated it or it came down with Strangles? Good chance the horse had a mutated gene which caused that issue.
IMM stands for Immune-mediated myositis - it is a dominant disease and you can have a genetic test done on your horse to see if it carries a copy of the mutated gene. Even though it is dominant (meaning it only needs one copy to show symptoms) many horses that have this mutation never show any signs. That is because it seems to need a trigger. Right now known triggers are Strangles and certain vaccines.
An IMM horse having an attack will rapidly lose muscle along the backbone - to the pont where you can see the skeleton. This happens within 2 days to 2 weeks, It is treatable with Corticosteroids - and should be treated ASAP. Once treated, horses can usually come back to their original weight within a few months.
So far, the IMM MYH1-E321G variant has only been found in Quarter Horses, but it seem to be fairly widespread in the cutting and reining lines.
IF you own a horse that fits the description above (rapid muscle loss after an infection or vaccination, especially over the back and hind end muscles) seek help from a veterinarian.
We most PSSM results on Quarter horses in the Members online database as AQHA has now made those results accessible to the public anyway. We also publish all PSSM 2 results that are on the equiseq website under public horses. We will also publish all results that have been made public in forums, on allbreed, on websites, etc.
Our Policy does remain the same that if you do not want your horses information in the Members online database you just need to send us a polite message requesting your results remain private. Your horse's name will appear in the search engine but the pedigree and information will not display. Since the inception of our database we have been dealt with the issue of trying to make sure no horses were published that the owners wanted to remain private but in doing so there are thousands of horses that the owners really dont care if their info is published, we just can't contact everyone. So in light of the fact that the information is available anyway we will now be releasing many more horses into the online database. Again, if you do not want your horse there, just let us know. All previous horses who's owners have requested privacy for will not be released.
With the info readily available from AQHA we now have a lot more 5 panel stats on a lot more stallions in the database making it easier to try to track where PSSM has come from on horses who were never tested, and also making it easier for those who want to use nn stallions to check their status.