First, complete the survey AND mail in your video. We will contact you within 3 weeks with a diagnosis; if we are interested in obtaining further information on your horse, we will tell you at that time.
If selected to participate in a further study, you will most likely be asked to feed the horse a specific diet over a given period of time. In our previous studies on conditions such as Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) and Recurrent Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (RER), we have determined that certain dietary changes can be highly effective in alleviating symptoms of disease.
In the case of a diet trial, it would be necessary to have an additional, non-Shivers, horse participate in the trial who is approximately the same age and living in the same environment as the horse with Shivers. This is essential in conducting a controlled, viable study.
Since we think Shivers may have a genetic component, we will also request a blood sample from your horse. The blood will be used to extract DNA. Please read the confidentiality statement for more information about taking a blood sample.
Please contact us if you are interested in helping further our understanding of Shivers or have more questions.