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    05-15-2011, 06:47 AM
Green Broke
Horse collapsed.

Rex collapsed today.

I have no idea what brought it on, I had no warning that it was coming. I was standing with him in the paddock, he was chilled out, we were snuggling. Without warning, he stumbled a bit to the right and fell. He hit the ground hard enough that it flipped him over. When he got up his hindquarters and back legs were visibly shaking. The shaking stopped after a few seconds and he walked off like nothing had happened.

It was literally about 30 seconds from the stumble, to him being back on his feet and fine again.

I was in shock, so didn't think to take his vitals straight away. Rang my vet and he prompted me to check his heart rate, etc. Heart rate was 36ish, capillary refill was normal, gums normal healthy pink. Ran him through basic at home neuro tests (tight circles, crossing legs, flexing) and all seemed normal there too.

Just looking for any thoughts on what may have caused this. I have spoken with my vet and his first thought is a heart condition. His advice at this stage is to observe him, take vital signs, etc, as well as doing lunge work daily to see whether he has any reaction to exercise. He has been off work for a while due to battling greasy heel. Obviously, I can't ride him, at least until we have it figured out, as there is the risk of it happening again.

Please feel free to ask questions, I may have forgotten something as I am quite stressed.
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    05-15-2011, 07:13 AM
Is Rex a QH with the stallion Impressive in his pedigree? If so it might be HYPP. Are you in a location where there are opposums? Could be EPM. Maybe Lyme Disease or any sort of neurological disorder. Probably the next step is a total blood lab work-up. Good Luck and Best Wishes. It wouldn't be safe to ride Rex until what is going on with him is diagnosed.
    05-15-2011, 07:15 AM
Green Broke
Sorry, I should have said, he is a 15 year old thoroughbred gelding. So no HYPP. Pretty sure we don't have EPM over this way either.

Next step if he acts anything but 100% normal will be blood tests and an ECG.
    05-15-2011, 07:24 AM
You can tell alot from blood tests... get a CBC (complete blood count) and maybe a CMP (complete metabloic panel).
    05-15-2011, 07:29 AM
Green Broke
Thanks, Citrus. I will discuss getting bloodwork done with my vet.
    05-15-2011, 08:10 AM
Green Broke
Wow, that had to be the longest 30 seconds of your life. I'm glad he's OK.
My mare (RIP) did something like that once. She was trotting through a level paddock & suddenly did a summersault, for no reason I could see. She only did that once.
    05-15-2011, 08:12 AM
Green Broke
My vet did say that occasionally a horse may collapse once and never do it again, but obviously I have to wait and see whether he is likely to do it again before I can rest easier.

It was one of the most terrifying moments of my life.
    05-15-2011, 08:33 AM
Green Broke
I wonder why a horse would do that. Sorry HC that you have to wait. Try not to think about it. Try is a big word.
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    05-15-2011, 09:03 AM
Green Broke
A post on another site reminded me, When he was in the process of getting up after he fell he did seem to briefly get stuck on his knees. It was only fleeting, but long enough for me to notice it before he actually got up. Not sure whether it is relevant, but trying to provide all the information I can
    05-15-2011, 09:09 AM
Green Broke
Stuck on his knees? Like hesitating before he got up. Maybe trying to get his head together. Dizzy?
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