Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
An arab cross at the therapy barn I worked for was diagnosed with it early this year also. We ruled out just about everything before the vet diagnosed EPM. He normally ran all over the place in the pasture, but would just walk. He could not keep track of his back feet, lost all muscling in his rump, and couldn't back up. He was also very depressed and lethargic, but still friendly and happy to see everyone at times. He also had good and bad days. There was a time when, after treatment, we thought we would have to put him down. Vet came out and told us to keep trying,and gave us a stronger medicine.
Smokey is now fully recovered, he has his muscling back, can easily back and definitely knows where his feet are. He runs like the wind when he sees humans, or horses, and is generally back to his normal self. He is now back into riding and training, and is an awesome trail horse. We w/t/c with him all the time now.
That said, we did not work him at all, minus ground work (brushing, grooming, leading) when he was ill. We let him rest and fight off the disease. His hind end did get weak, due to the disease, but he got it back after it was cured.
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **