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I have owned my Peruvian, Pasado, for 9 years now. I am worried he may have DSLD. He is lame and may have DSLD. The vet did an ultrasound and I am debating whether or not to try and get a definitive diagnosis, yes or no, whether or not he has DSLD.
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At 10:06am on September 1, 2015, Michele Ripley said…

You are very welcome. Peruvian Horse World has always been a great tool for collaboration, comparison, and sometimes just emotional support -knowing others have been where you are now. I hope to be hearing good news about your horse very soon! 

At 9:38am on September 1, 2015, Kelly Powers said…
Jean - what Michele says is good advice - absolutely get a second opinion. It looks like you are not too far from the Santa Ynez Valley - I would highly recommend making the drive to Alamo Pintado Equine in Los Olivos. They are some of the best vets in the country and have a LOT of experience with Peruvian horses. If you have a hoof issue they can also recommend expert farriers. Best, Kelly
At 4:32pm on August 31, 2015, Chris Austin said…
Jean - Will you please call me at your convenience? I am a board member of NAPHA and you can find my contact information on the NAPHA webpage.

I completely agree with Michele's comments.
At 1:27pm on August 31, 2015, Michele Ripley said…

I'm going to preface this with the sad truth that we have had Peruvian horses with DSLD. Never have 4 letters struck so much fear into the hearts of Peruvian horse owners. I have a girlfriend who just received the same diagnosis from a local vet. I have known her mare for 10 plus years and didn't believe what she had been told. I suggested she try a different vet and have him do a complete exam including nerve blocks to pin point where exactly the problem was originating. The new diagnosis was issues in her front hooves! 

My mom's gelding has also been diagnosed with DSLD 4 different times in his life. Once by a very "famous" vet who wrote the book, or at least the protocol, for DSLD. Did he ever have it? No. He had a bad farrier. He had large suspensories (outside the norm), but everything about him is a little "chunky". He takes a 5 3/4" wide bit! Every horse in his bloodline experiences "undefined lameness" if they eat the weed hoary alyssum. He was tested as severely deficient in vitamin E. His conformation flaws make him sore, so now he gets Previcox. And the best misdiagnosis was caused by the need for a couple chiropractic adjustments.

My gelding was diagnosed back in the mid to late 1990s before anyone was really talking about DSLD. I had a vet who did extensive race track work. He said my gelding had it and was ready to euthanize him on the spot! I was so devastated, I couldn't make any sort of decision. I talked to a friend and natural horsemanship clinician, Richard Thompson. He had worked with hundreds of Peruvian horses when he was farriering in Texas. He looked at my gelding and told me I needed a new vet and a new farrier. In a month, I was riding my gelding again. I continued to ride him for 18 years. 

So... could your horse have DSLD? Yes, it exists in every breed. But are there a bunch of other treatable problems that could be causing the lameness? Farrier. Nutritional deficiencies. Allergies. Treatable inflammation. Needing an adjustment... yes. And there are too many vets out there who see "Peruvian" and immediately assume DSLD.

I'm not sure if any of this info helps you. I hope so! Best of luck with your horse.


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