I purchased Starbucks (Ima Mocha Chip) a little over a year ago. I was wanting a horse that I could use myself, but eventually my granddaughters would show at 4H. I paid to have a vet check and the vet checked everything out and ran some blood and it came back with what I think was elevated proteins levels. she took another test and while we were waiting for the results I went ahead and purchased my dream horse.
When the test came back the results where more in a normal range. About 8 months after buying her, my daughter was at the trainers with her, when after about a 15 minute warm up she started sweating horribly and couldn't engage her back end and she was stumbling everywhere. She had an elevated temp and the vet was called. She could not move. She had tied up.
The vet suspected PSSM and tests came back positive for PSSM 1. We have not ridden her since. We have changed her diet, replaced alfalfa with grass hay, she is on cool pac, and vit e and in a dry lot. We are just starting her back with walking but we are scared to ever take her to a show or use her how we intended and will never have any beautiful babies.
We are heart broken and scared to use her....