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post #1 of 19 Old 05-26-2012, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Could this be EPM??

When I got my mare back in Feb she was in foal and due in March. Some time in March I noticed her a little weak in her backend. Like she was going to fall. I thought that it was from the foal getting redy to be born. The baby was born healthy April 1st. She was weak a few day after but seamed to be ok. Now a few days ago she looked weak again even triped and fell when asked to trot. I called the farrier as her feet did need to be trimed. She is still weak if I push her hind end even a little she looks like she could fall. I am worried and don't know what to do I called the vet and we gave her a shot of banamine in hopes it will clear up.
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-26-2012, 09:51 AM
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Did you you ask your vet to test for EPM?

Sounds to me as if she has some sort of nerve damage in her hind end. It could clear up on its own, but I'd be calling the vet back and asking for a complete work up.

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post #3 of 19 Old 05-26-2012, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Yea he said to call him with up dates but there was no change with the banamine. Thank you I will have to make an apointment with him for tuesday. When ever April goes to drink or even bumps her in the hind end she wobbles alot.
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I think EPM is a stretch. Next time you have her on a lead line, put her head up and ask her to back up. If she can do it, it's not EPM. See what your vet says. Could be anything really.

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The easiest "test" I've seen for EPM is to walk a horse up & down over a small obstacle, like the curb in the street. EPM horses seem to not know where their feet are and this causes them to have problems with their balance, be careful. If you can watch her and think, "She just doesn't seem to even know where she just put her feet.", then I'd be concerned for EPM. Otherwise, I'd be thinking some kind of nerve damage from the way she carried the foal.

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post #6 of 19 Old 05-26-2012, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well I did do some test on her and she seems to know where her feet are. If I put her head up she will not back up she almost sits down. If she is walk and you pull the tail to one side she falls to that side. I did a pencil test used the blunt side and ran it down her back and she did not dip down. I also did that to her under belly and she didn't dip up. When asked to step side way she was stepping on her self and unbalanced.
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I think you should contact your vet.

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I would definitely call your vet and get him out there. Has she gotten any worse? Or is it about the same since march?
We have a mule here with EPM, she has no problem backing up. I have no idea how long she had it before we got her, but she did not respond to treatments. She has a really hard time walking down a hill, she speeds up and can't seem to slow herself. She also always wants to turn to the right, she can turn to the left if you make her but doesn't normally do so on her own. She is weak in the hind end and has a hard time getting up, she slipped in the mud the other day when I was leading her and just completely fell over. She also has narcoplepsy caused by the epm.
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post #9 of 19 Old 05-27-2012, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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No she has not gotten worse she is the same. The vet is comming Tuesday to test her for EPM. She is also on banamine untill he comes tuesday. I asked what her life would be and he said at best a she will be my pet. I am fine with that as long as she is not in pain. She has a filly as her side now that is 2mo would treatment hurt the baby? Will she have to wean early? I was going to train April and sell her but now she is staying with me.
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post #10 of 19 Old 05-28-2012, 04:12 PM
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If she does have EPM, the question about how the medication will affect a nursing foal are best addressed to your vet. Just so you know, EPM treatments are expensive. Many people opt to euth, rather than spend that kind of money on a horse who is destined to be a pasture pet. Don't know your financial situation, but figured you needed to know up front that the medication isn't cheap.

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