Helping Horse with EPM Residual

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Helping Horse with EPM Residual

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    03-10-2013, 12:50 PM
Helping Horse with EPM Residual

My horse was diagnosed with EPM about a year in a half ago. She is a 12 year old Saddlebred. She was diagnosed with the mildest case, the vet said she would make full recovery because it was caught so early. She was fine for about 8 months and then started tripping to the point where I could no longer ride her again. We brought the vet back out and he retested her and said that it is just residual because the tests came back clear. It is mainly her frong right leg, she just can lift it properly, and she doesnt put it back down right, which is why she is tripping. Is there anything I can do to get her back to a point of just short, easy riding? She is stalled and gets turn out for 3-4 hours a day. (this is what she is used to)
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    03-10-2013, 03:40 PM
The first thing I would do is get her out 24/7. Passive exercise at her own pace is only going to help build muscle, strength and coordination.

Have you tried acupuncture on her?
    03-10-2013, 09:31 PM
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There is no 100% guarantee with a blood test, so I'm assuming you did a spinal test? Blood tests can come up negative and the horse still have EPM.

But definitively get your horse out on 24/7 turn out. When my gelding Rebel had EPM, we gave him 10 Vitamn E liquid gel capsules (10,000 IU a day). It helped bring back the muscle he had lost, helped his coat, and gave him more energy.
    03-12-2013, 04:27 PM
I would have the spinal fluid test done, as a blood test isn't going to help much when determining EPM. Vit E and turn out can really help an EPM horse, that is a great suggestion. Another thing to consider would be her current feet- is she flat shod or does she have pads? Your farrier might be able to help you trim her so that it is easier for her to break over and that might get her back on the road to recovery.

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