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    06-26-2012, 02:47 AM
Horner's Syndrome

Does anyone have any experience with a horse with Horner's Syndrome? I was just curious what your experiences were. Apparently there is no cure but time, and it is not particularly life threatening.

The horse I have with it nearly died as a two year old due to black mold under the stall mats which "attacked" his respiratory system. He lost all of his weight, water would pour out if his nose when he drank, absurd amounts of green phlegm.... Ugh. It lasted for months. I really don't know how he survived. Oh, and vet care was a part of it from the start, just for clarity. We didn't just leave him to get over it or die.

He was fully recovered in about a year. He was finally started at almost four and is now, at five, going perfectly under saddle.

However, on the side of his face that was most affected by the illness will sweat profusely, typically when he is getting worried about something. It is actually kind of funny. He is a snorty, spooky, everything is going to eat me type of horse. The sweating is the first sign you get that he is nervous or uncomfortable in a situation. Hah, the first few times we would try something new in long lines the one side of his face would be dripping sweat. As we worked, it would be less and less by the day, until he was comfortable with the routine.

Aside from that, he has all of the other signs of Horners. It should go away in time. I will be interested to see just how long that will be. I was just curious if anyone else had a horse with Horners.
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