A recent study[i] suggests suspensory ligament degeneration is associated with Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID)
Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria and the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, UK, examined histopathological changes in the suspensory ligaments of horses with PPID.
Suspensory ligaments from four horses with PPID (ages 17-26 years of age) were compared to seven healthy horses, ranging in age from 4 to 31 years old.
Result: Horses with PPID had significantly reduced longitudinal arrangement of collagen fibers, as well as significant proteoglycan accumulations between suspensory ligament fibers. These symptoms are similar to changes seen after long term high dose corticosteroid treatments. Continue reading