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    04-26-2013, 07:27 PM
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Yearling
EMP. Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis

I have a very close friend of mine who's mare possibly has EPM. Does anyone know how bad this can effect a horse, or if there are possibly any treatments? This mare was her comeback from loosing her father. I really want to see if there is any way we can help her.

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    04-26-2013, 07:39 PM
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Trained
There is treatment, but it needs to be started immediately.

The brain is damaged and once parts of it are lost, there is no recovering it. You can only stop the disease from progressing further, but what's damaged is damaged.
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    04-26-2013, 07:40 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
There is treatment, but it needs to be started immediately.

The brain is damaged and once parts of it are lost, there is no recovering it. You can only stop the disease from progressing further, but what's damaged is damaged.
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I'm not sure how early they caught her, she didn't seem to be having any problems on saturday when we are at the barrel race. The mare seemed perfectly normal. Do you know the precentage of how often it works?
     
    04-26-2013, 07:41 PM
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I saw a opossum run past our horses a little while ago and had me thinking- so I looked the symptoms up today as well just to make sure..

EPMhorse - Symptoms can be anywhere in the head or body

You can click on treatment, etcetra..
     
    04-26-2013, 07:42 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by toto    
I saw a opossum run past our horses a little while ago and had me thinking- so I looked the symptoms up today as well just to make sure..

EPMhorse - Symptoms can be anywhere in the head or body

You can click on treatment, etcetra..

Thank You!(: I'm going to keep an eye out. We've never had a problem out here with it so now i'm worried.
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    04-26-2013, 07:42 PM
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Trained
No I do not. Treatment is expensive and time consuming. The best bet is to not ride the horse at this point and talk to the vet.
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    04-26-2013, 07:43 PM
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Green Broke
Severity also depends on where the spinal cord is affected. The closer to the head the worse it is. And the sooner it is treated the better it is.

Good luck!
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    04-26-2013, 07:44 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
No I do not. Treatment is expensive and time consuming. The best bet is to not ride the horse at this point and talk to the vet.
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Currently the mare and her owner are at a vet. She hasn't rode her at all this week. At first they thought the mare was colicing, but vet said no, most likely EPM. So i'm not sure if they caught it early or not. Within a week?
     
    04-26-2013, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Aesthetic    
Currently the mare and her owner are at a vet. She hasn't rode her at all this week. At first they thought the mare was colicing, but vet said no, most likely EPM. So i'm not sure if they caught it early or not. Within a week?

In many of infected horses, the protozoa are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, and infect the central nervous system (CNS). They live inside of cells in the CNS, and are not detected by the immune syste. Stressful events such as injury, extensive trailering, show schedule, pregnancy, or poor nutrition can suppress the immune system allowing the infection to flourish. As the protozoa reproduce, they break out of the host cell, and spread to other areas in the brain or spinal column. Protozoa activities cause lesions to form in the CNS creating the visible neurological symptoms.

Researchers cite the incubation period of EPM as weeks to two years, until outward symptoms appear. The sooner the disease is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis. Left untreated, the symptoms generally progress until the horse is recumbent, and most untreated cases end in death.


--the way that's worded makes it sound like EPM can lay dormant inside the horses body and strenuous things can bring it out?

I think the most important thing is that its caught before it gets to the point of the protozoa reaching the brain and destroying motor skills.
     
    04-26-2013, 08:18 PM
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Yearling
Well guys. . Apparently she didn't catch it fast enough. She says her mare keeps going down and not being able to get back up. . She told me the next time she goes down and can't stand, they will put her down. She doesn't want to see her girl in pain.
     

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