Veterinarian Shares a Re-Leve Success StoryBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 31, 2014
Erika Wierman, a veterinarian practicing in central Kentucky, sent a note to explain how Re-Leve helped her horse overcome problems caused by polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM), a muscle disease. Here is her story.
Joey is a nine-year-old appendix Quarter Horse gelding that I have owned for over two years. In a six-month period, he tied-up severely twice with relatively poor recovery between episodes. His condition was frustrating and perplexing to me because the episodes occurred in different environmental conditions while doing dissimilar work.
I have always been a fan of high-fat, low-starch diets in most horses. After the first tying-up episode, I began feeding him such a diet. It was only after the second episode that I switched to Re-Leve. A muscle biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of PSSM.
Most of the research indicates that the condition is manageable with diet and exercise, but manageable for a pleasure horse is very different from manageable for an event horse.
While Joey has only been on this new feed for about three months, his energy level is much improved and he has completed a horse trial and several cross-country schoolings with no indication of muscle soreness at all.
As a vet, I knew of Re-Leve prior to Joey's diagnosis. However, it wasn't until the second occurrence that I looked more closely at the product. I was extremely impressed with the nutrient profile and the research behind it, and the product has certainly exceeded my expectations.
Erika Wierman, DVM