CPL is a very common, unsightly and deadly problem, which affects many and probably all, of the Draft breeds across the world. UC Davis has done an indepth study of the problem. However, their funding for this has now run out. CPL is a problem which all breeders of heavy horses must and probably will face, at some time or other. Sadly, little is still known about it and many breeders will not admit a horse they own, has it. For the last five years I have been studying this problem and while a few have been willing to come forward and discuss it, many have not. Happily, in the last weeks, we have started an indepth discussion on our forum. We do not ask anyone to mention names of horses with the problem, only to give accounts what they have seen, what they know, when it started, how it started, what they have noted, what has maybe helped etc. We breed Gypsy Horses and have noted many who have come into the country with the problem already well established. Sadly, some in the UK have said that it doesn't exist there. This is of course, absolutely untrue. A Vet friend of mine in England, told me years ago, that the problem is widespread in the UK. Unless and until, we admit the problem exists in all Draft breeds everywhere, we will not get anywhere in coming up with ideas, as to the cause etc. We fully understand, that many Vets are not even aware of the problem and will put it down to a maybe, major case of scratches. Scratches and CPL are very different. We must educate and be willing to share information between each other. We must educate any buyer of heavy horses we sell. We must all know how to spot the problem. On our forum, as far as I know, this is the first time that CPL has been discussed openly. We seek only to share information, hopefully to come up with ideas and maybe share experiences. You do not have to own a Gypsy Horse, to take part. We only need your thoughts, ideas and maybe help, in discovering the real cause of this problem. We have all kept our heads in the sand long enough. If you own or breed any of the Draft breeds, we invite you to join our forum and read and/or, take part in our CPL message thread. This is an incredibly devastating problem. We need to join together with information, ideas and thoughts. http://harlequinfarmsgypsyhorses.com/phpbb2/index.php Please do join us in this research.