Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Do horses have gigantism?

Clinical gigantism (acromegaly) is not really recorded in horses, although it occurs rarely in dogs and cats.

Extremely large heavy horses may be "giants" in a sense, especially as they sometimes have bone and metabolic issues, but I know of no case of true "giantism" in a horse. It might be that pituitary disorders in foals are so severe as to make the foal non-viable.

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