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    09-14-2007, 03:49 PM
  #1
Foal
cramps all over the body

Hello!

Could You please help me and name as many possible reasons for cramps all over the body as possible?
Three days ago my horse was in paddock and suddenly got cramps all over the body so that he couldn't breathe properly and he couldn't move. Vet made him relaxing and pain killing injection but the cramps lasted for 4 hours. I can say that this vet was stupid and I was in panic. She didn't check my horse's pulse or bronchial tubes and she thinks it's muscular rupture (because the right shoulder had the worst cramp). She tells me to feed pain killers to my horse and nothing else. I think she is wrong. My horse isn't lame and has been in a good mood since the next day from the cramps. Also, horse allows me to move his legs in any direction and he doesn't seem to be hurting anywhere.
Additional information: I ride my horse regularly, 6 times a week. I am just amateur, not professional. There hasn't been great change in feeding or training practice for about 3 years. My horse has chronic cough and he coughs on rainy days. Horse has gotten all necessary vaccines and deworming. Now he's breathing normally, after the cramps coughs very often but the weather is sunny and dry. Horse is 10 years old.
I consulted one other vet also who can't visit us because of the long distance. He thought that he would look the breathing problem more carefully.
As the vet didn't check all necessary things, it is very hard to find out what happened. I hope this doesn't happen again. Can You please tell me what do You think about it and what could be the reasons for such thing.

Thank You in advance
Mari
     
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    09-14-2007, 03:51 PM
  #2
Foal
I think you need a second opinion from a well-respected vet.
     
    09-16-2007, 02:45 AM
  #3
Weanling
Is your horse registered? Do you know it's HYPP status?

Your horses coughing could be COPD also known as heaves.

I agree a thorough exam by a vet is in order.
     
    09-16-2007, 05:28 AM
  #4
Weanling
I third - you definitely need to get a highly recommended vet out!
     
    09-16-2007, 09:35 AM
  #5
Yearling
What breed is your horse? Had you worked your horse prior to this happening (or had he been playing a bit in the paddock)?

The "whole body cramps" sound like tying up which can be from several different diseases/conditions and you would need to have some blood tests done. However, this testing needs to be done within 24 hours of the cramping episode to be of value. So unless the vet that came out took a blood sample that's not an option right now.

It also sounds like it would be a good idea to have an equine vet do a full examination on your horse to determine if there is a respiratory condition like heaves that needs to be addressed to prevent continuing damage to the lungs of your horse.

I would get an equine vet besides the one you last had out to come examine your horse for the respiratory issue and to at least discuss what happened to your horse with the cramping.

Here are two very useful links for you on muscle disorders and heaves:
http://www.thehorse.com/pdf/aaep/muscles.pdf
http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=7622
     

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