Horse Down! All Prayers Appreciated, UPDATE: Sadly, Finn did not make it.

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Horse Down! All Prayers Appreciated, UPDATE: Sadly, Finn did not make it.

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    02-13-2012, 06:48 PM
Horse Down! All Prayers Appreciated, UPDATE: Sadly, Finn did not make it.

3 year old Draft cross gelding (3/4 Shire 1/4 Paint) otherwise healthy. Has a little trouble maintaining weight. Went down in the pasture last night around 8. It took half of a small community to get him back on his feet and back to his stall. Once up, he stayed up until around 7am. He went back down and hasn't been able to get up since.

Two vets are working on this and both aren't sure what could be causing this. Colic and Founder have been ruled out. The only change in the horses diet is that he went from getting flakes of hay in the PM to getting cubes due to shortage.

Owner wasn't present when the horse went down the first time so we can't be positive that it isn't an injury. Vets have used every method possible to get him to his feet and haven't been successful.

Most importantly, say a prayer. This is a sweet, gentle giant with a heart of gold. His owner adores him and will do anything to have him better.

Secondly, if you have any ideas or similar experiences, we'd love to hear it.
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    02-13-2012, 08:12 PM
I'm sorry I have no fantastic advice but will send good vibes for a recovery! Poor guy!
    02-13-2012, 08:21 PM
Do you or the owners have the ability to get him in a sling?
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    02-13-2012, 08:22 PM
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When he did get up and was moved to his stall were all four legs in equal working order or was there noted weakness or lack of function on any particular side or end? While he is down how is he lying and how is his head oriented (up and alert, down flat, weaving)
    02-13-2012, 08:22 PM
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Sounds like something pretty severe may be going on. My old Black horse used to go down and we would have to give him alfalfa and then hoist him back up but he had ringbone and severe arthritis. Hopefully he gets better for you soon.
    02-13-2012, 08:28 PM
How long ago did the feeding of flakes to cubes occur?
What kind of cubes, timothy, alfalfa?

Maybe it could be a neurological or metabolic problem.
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    02-13-2012, 08:44 PM
Prayers going up...
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    02-13-2012, 08:45 PM
Okay, he is up with the use of a sling now. He is happily munching hay and staying relaxed. Vets are pretty much stumped. They both think it may be neurological but have only been able to rule out Colic and Founder.

He has a noted weakness on his front end. He can get his hind up under himself but when he goes to stand with the front, he just flops. When they had him up on his feet to walk him back to his stall, he stumbled and fell again but they were able to raise him easier that time.

Vets are rushing bloodwork and should have results in the morning. They are testing for everything that they can test for including a ton of neurological problems (EPM and the like) and EPSM.

Thanks for your input! Any more ideas are welcome!
    02-13-2012, 08:48 PM
Sending prayers your way!!
    02-13-2012, 08:49 PM
Prayers sent......poor guy!

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