There are many scientific definitions of PSSM1 on the internet and if you are interested in the technical definition we invite you to search it out on the internet.
In our attempt to keep things simple we offer this definition. PSSM1 is a genetic disease found in many breeds of horses. It originated in the draft breeds but has become very common in many popular Quarter Horse lines as well. PSSM is particularly devastating in the Quarter Horse lines because it is still being bred forward, because most people haven't heard of it and because it can so drastically affect an affected horse''s everyday behavior.
Many PSSM1 affected horses are labelled as lazy, difficult, hard to handle, moody, hot or as "just needing a job". Alot of these behaviors can be cleared up or vastly diminished in many cases by a change of diet. PSSM horses cannot process sugary foods, among the most commonly fed is oats.
By becoming a BRIDGE member and having access to our online database of genetically tested and suspected horses and the ability to order reports you can quickly check to see if your horse has horses in it's pedigree that indicate that you should be testing your horse. The genetic test for PSSM was only publicly offered at an affordable price starting in Spring of 2013 so as more and more horses get tested, more and more results will be available in our database.
If in doubt we recommend testing all horses, but the online database and especially the reports can really shed light on your horse's bloodlines.
You can also use our Symptom Checker in the "What Are The Symptoms" link under PSSM1 - Genetic Diseases.
Your nominal membership will help show support for our grassroots cause of raising awareness about genetic diseases in horses. You've spent $25 dollars in a lot worse ways. With everyone's help by purchasing a membership and listing their tested horses we hope to rapidly increase awareness to the point where everyone purchasing is making an informed decision. If you think the genetic diseases aren't so bad and you don't mind purchasing afflicted horses, more power to you, they need homes too - we would just like everyone to be aware of what they are purchasing and hopefully to slow the breeding of affected horses.
Tested Horses For Sale
With your Bridge Membership you can list your BRIDGE Registered Five Panel N/N tested horses for free, for as long as you own them. Just click the link at the side to access the listed horses for sale. There are multiple searches you can perform and you can also create a favorites list (Wish List) for your self when you are a registered BRIDGE Member.