Has anyone had any experience with this? A rescue horse that we took in last fall came in with an extreme skin condition that she had for 4 years. She was very defensive to the point that it could not be treated topically and was treated by antibiotics. Now that the skin has improved, the mare has started having narcoleptic issues. It had never been an issue prior to this, the mare is 12 years old. They happen commonly when she is being groomed as well as just standing in the pasture. It is not an issue when she is working physically.
The mares overall behavior and condition has improved dramatically, she had previously been anxious, defensive, and aggressive all the time. Extend that drastic behavior over the course of 4 years and you can only imagine the basketcase we had on our hands when she came in. The vet is aware of her condition. All of the research I have done has come back with inconsistent results on treatments.
It almost seems like once she finally felt good enough and safe enough to relax, she just started completely collapsing. However, I'm also wondering about the affect of the antibiotics she was on the possible break down of the rather large infection (originally thought to be pythium, but not).
She zones out before the episode, becoming completely introverted to the point that if you wave your hand past her face or even bring it quickly to her eye (like testing for vision) there is no affect at all. Once her head drops, her knees buckle, and on occasion has gone down. She comes in from the pasture with some odd injuries which I believe has to do with her condition.
Has anyone ever had experience with narcolepsy before? Some stories, things to help, etc? Thank you.