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    03-21-2007, 06:16 PM
  #1
Foal
Help needing a diagnosis

My 16 year old arab died 2 weeks ago and I am still in the dark with what happened to him.

I found him in the morning and he'd been doing extremely smelly diarrhoea throughout the night.
He was just standing there looking dazed, sweaty and his muscles contracting so I walked him to his stable, it was as if he was drunk, staggering and not knowing where he was stepping.
I eventually got him to the stable where I went to get some help.

After I came back I let him out to see how he was walking, he went and got a drink and ate a little something so I thought he was on the mend. For the next half hour he was walking from one side of the paddock to another, I went to get him some feed and when I got back he had died.

I was VERY shocked and stil havent got a clue.
The vet thinks it may have been a sudden infection, my other friends think it was stringhalt and some seem to think it was a snake bite.

If anyone could help me or have had some experience with these symptoms then id really appreciate hearing from you as I have another horse and am terrified that it could be something contageous.

Thanks, Linda
     
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    03-21-2007, 08:36 PM
  #2
Foal
It kind of sounds like a virus that attacked hte central nervous system or caused him to not have control over his hips... where do you live? I know there is a virus going around northern/ mid CA on the coastal region
     
    03-21-2007, 09:03 PM
  #3
Foal
I live in Australia, in Victoria

So Im no where near there, lol
     
    03-21-2007, 11:23 PM
  #4
Foal
Hi,

I am so sorry to hear about your horse......
Would be interested in what part of victoria you live in...........I live in the Ballarat area...........and yes stringhalt is going around...there has been over 50 horses put down because of it..........it affects the nervous system of the spine affecting the hind quarters and working its way up to the brain it can paralys's the larynx causing choke.... if not treated can be fatal. Sometimes treatment doesn't work. Can take 6 to 18 months to get over.
For anyone else out there who wants to know more....please read on.
Stringhalt is a build up of toxins as there is no grass, the horses are eating the weeds, and there are a number of them (so don't be fooled)
Be aware there are very SUBTLE signs before your horse gets that bad. (I am in touch with a man who is saving these horses).
If in doubt put your horse where there is no grass just dirt, start them on vitamin B and magnesium (can be a magnesium salt lick)
Good quality hay, and a grain mix. (NO LUCERNE) and work them on the lunge, if not able to ride them. They will loose muscle mass.

-you may notice your horse has become on and off highly strung for no reason
-he stumbles or trips for no reason
-seem a little stiff in the back legs, now and then.
-your horse goes to walk and there is a slight tremour in one or both of the hind legs.
-you pick a hoof up and your horse can't hold the weight and may go down.
-you may notice loss a muscle in the hind quarters. (work them if ok to ride then do so or lung them.
-during this time these horses can back and turn without trouble.
-be alert, watch them closely you may miss any of these signs.
-in the later stages horse has troble backing and turning.
-cannot seem to negotiate between gates or fencing
-there hind quarters become numbish and they don't know where ther back legs are
-lifting hind legs, like colic, but as foot come down it strides forward
-muscles seem to contract.
I.ve seen all of this, my girlfriends horse got it so bad it couldn't move, (bacwards sidways or forward) she is in contact with this guy as well. He told her what to do, when her horse got extremely bad he treated her with lazer and physio, to eleviate the pain...my mare had similar symptoms, I think we caught it early. She I think will be ok.
My friend and I have seen many horses with this. In the early stages and later.
Have also heard of a horse that was seen the day before with no signs, the next day this horse was down. It had gone straight to the brain, horse was put down.

I'm not saying your horse had this, but since you live in vic thought this was worth writing about.

     
    03-21-2007, 11:25 PM
  #5
Foal
Hi,

I am so sorry to hear about your horse......
STRINGHALT IN VICTORIA
Would be interested in what part of victoria you live in...........I live in the Ballarat area...........and yes stringhalt is going around...there has been over 50 horses put down because of it..........it affects the nervous system of the spine affecting the hind quarters and working its way up to the brain it can paralys's the larynx causing choke.... if not treated can be fatal. Sometimes treatment doesn't work. Can take 6 to 18 months to get over.
For anyone else out there who wants to know more....please read on.
Stringhalt is a build up of toxins as there is no grass, the horses are eating the weeds, and there are a number of them (so don't be fooled)
Be aware there are very SUBTLE signs before your horse gets that bad. (I am in touch with a man who is saving these horses).
If in doubt put your horse where there is no grass just dirt, start them on vitamin B and magnesium (can be a magnesium salt lick)
Good quality hay, and a grain mix. (NO LUCERNE) and work them on the lunge, if not able to ride them. They will loose muscle mass.

-you may notice your horse has become on and off highly strung for no reason
-he stumbles or trips for no reason
-seem a little stiff in the back legs, now and then.
-your horse goes to walk and there is a slight tremour in one or both of the hind legs.
-you pick a hoof up and your horse can't hold the weight and may go down.
-you may notice loss a muscle in the hind quarters. (work them if ok to ride then do so or lung them.
-during this time these horses can back and turn without trouble.
-be alert, watch them closely you may miss any of these signs.
-in the later stages horse has troble backing and turning.
-cannot seem to negotiate between gates or fencing
-there hind quarters become numbish and they don't know where ther back legs are
-lifting hind legs, like colic, but as foot come down it strides forward
-muscles seem to contract.
I.ve seen all of this, my girlfriends horse got it so bad it couldn't move, (bacwards sidways or forward) she is in contact with this guy as well. He told her what to do, when her horse got extremely bad he treated her with lazer and physio, to eleviate the pain...my mare had similar symptoms, I think we caught it early. She I think will be ok.
My friend and I have seen many horses with this. In the early stages and later.
Have also heard of a horse that was seen the day before with no signs, the next day this horse was down. It had gone straight to the brain, horse was put down.

I'm not saying your horse had this, but since you live in vic thought this was worth writing about.

     
    03-22-2007, 12:12 AM
  #6
Foal
Yes I do live in the Ballarat area, I heard about the outbreak which is why I thought it could have been stringhalt, do his symptoms sound the same? He never kicked or found it hard to walk or anything until that day, the day before I noticed he only stayed on one side of his paddock, but other than that he had been fine!

Did the horses that had the stringhalt have the same things happen like my boy?
     
    03-22-2007, 09:10 PM
  #7
Foal
Hi, again.

If you read the symtoms I have specified, you can see your horse had some, whether it was stringhalt I cannot say.

I live in the Enfied area past Buninyong, stringhalt seems to be most prone on this side of Ballarat.
I understand you have another horse, stringhalt is not contagous, I would suggest you lock your other horse up, it is not worth it, if you are conserned about your other horse I could possibly come and have a look at it. Would need to know where you live
Again I am sorry to hear of your loss .
If I can help you further please don't hesitate to contact me.
Not sure if we can give e-mail addresses out on this site. If we can let me know of your e-mail account and I will contact you ASAP.
Or we can keep contacting over this site

Take care.
     

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