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  • Epm and bute improvement
  • Does epm improve with bute

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    05-28-2012, 04:21 PM
Green Broke
You got her back in Feb and noticed the wobbling in March ? Are you sure she was not off balance in Feb? Could she have been injured during breeding?
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    05-28-2012, 06:05 PM
It coud have happened. The stud was put in the pasture with the mares. I went to GA and picked up the 2 horses. I then had the vet come by and take a look at the horses. I noticed her a weak in the hind end about 2 weeks latter. She stagered and almost sat down. I am sure she had this problem before I got her. I hope it is not EPM and more an injury with nerve damage. I don't realy have the money for that. Lets hope it is not EPM.
    05-28-2012, 06:37 PM
My friend is going through a similar situation. His mare tested negative for EPM but he still has no definitive diagnosis aside from some possible neuro damage from a toxin or an injury of some sort.

She wasn't as severely unbalanced or uncoordinated, though and she seems to be slowly improving with physical therapy. But it is probable she will never be ridden consistently again. She will be probably be a one time and retired as a pasture puff. (two vets have said breeding would be fine if done with AI instead of risking a mounting stallion.
    06-04-2012, 01:05 AM
Well the vet did test for epm will know the anyday now. She has been on bute for 5 days then 1 day off then back on bute for 5 days. While on bute she was improving she was even seen trotting in the pasture. The one day off caused her to to look like before. I so hope she pulls out of this.
    06-04-2012, 06:26 AM
Make sure you get her scoped for gastric ulcers as well as bute can often cause them if they are kept on it for to long
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    06-06-2012, 01:18 AM
Well we got the test results back and she does have EPM. We are starting her on the treatments just waiting for them to come in the vet ordered them for me. Looks like I need to get a 2nd job to pay for it but her outcome is very positive. There is hope just need to get her better that is all I care about.
    06-06-2012, 02:21 AM
Sorry to hear about your girl and I am glad that you are going to be able to get her treated quickly. Keep us updated I'd love to know how everything goes.
    06-06-2012, 03:53 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by horseluver250    
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.

Awe poor girl and narcolepsy to boot!
    06-06-2012, 03:56 PM
Green Broke
So sorry to hear about your girl, keep up posted as to how she is.

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