Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome

Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) has made it's way to the news recently after top stallion Sternlicht was removed from the 2018 lineup at Hilltop Farm. See their announcement here. Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) is an inherited condition causing thin, fragile skin. Affected foals may be born with skin lesions and an open abdomen and are typically euthanized at birth or within a few days of birth. There is no effective treatment. The condition resembles Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in humans, which has multiple genetic causes. The skin defects resemble those seen in the Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA), which has a later onset of symptoms. There are also reports of E

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