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  • My yearling horse is down and won't get up
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    06-16-2009, 09:33 PM
  #11
Weanling
Having a horse down is serious as everyone else has said, but I'd be wondering if it could be something other than colic if he not showing any other signs of colic. I know with tick fever it can take down a dog in no time flat they go down in their hind quarters and can't get up or walk. I have never seen it happen with a horse but that doesn't mean it isn't possible. Hopefully a vet can get there and figure out what's going on before he is down any longer
     
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    06-16-2009, 10:12 PM
  #12
Trained
Any news? I agree that it doesn't sound like colic to me, but other ideas coming into my head aren't nice either.
     
    06-16-2009, 10:22 PM
  #13
Yearling
Any updates?
     
    06-16-2009, 10:23 PM
  #14
Foal
What about an air horn? Very serious situation. Hope you are having luck.
     
    06-16-2009, 11:20 PM
  #15
Started
YOu need to be on the phone calling every vet you can until you get one there NOW not tomorrrow!!! Get him up
     
    06-16-2009, 11:27 PM
  #16
Weanling
A neighbour of ours dealt with the exact same thing with an older (21 year old) mare of theirs yesterday. She lost total control of her back end and they all tried but couldnt get her up.

The vet came out and gave her Banamine and some other anti inflammatories, they stayed with her through the night and made sure she had access to food and water as she was eating and drinking just fine. They tried 4 times to get her up through the night and she'd get to a certain point and then collapse

They thought WNV? EPM? A stroke??? But had no real idea what they were dealing with

This morning she got up on her own, gave a shake and walked over to join her friends Stiff and not quite herself, but seemingly not too worse for wear so they are totally and completely stumped and are also prepared for the worse with her

Theyve put her into her own paddock close to the house so they can keep an eye on her, but her appetite is great and she seems almost back to normal strangely enough!

Good luck with your guy. It cannot be colic and please don't "scare" him trying to get him up. He could really hurt himself seriously if you do ... Horses wont lie there if they can help it. They are flight animals and not comfortable being in a vulnerable position. If he could get up - he would ...
     
    06-16-2009, 11:37 PM
  #17
Trained
It sounds like he is trying to get up but can't. I don't think guns, air horns, or any other scare tactics are going to work. Laying down is a vulnerable position for a horse, from the sounds of it if he could get up he would.
     
    06-17-2009, 02:19 AM
  #18
Yearling
Do you have access to a tractor with a front end loader? A friend of mine had a similar issue when her horse was first diagnosed with EPM. We got out the tractor and were able to get a strap under the horses stomach and tied it to the loader. We got the horse to remain sitting up long enough to gently lift the hind end. It worked! The stupid horse just stood there and munched on hay like it never happend.
     
    06-17-2009, 08:51 AM
  #19
Started
I would be calling every vet in the phone book, first of all. My suggestion as far as getting your horse up, when all else fails, would be ONLY 1 or 2 VERY QUICK touches with a Hot Shot or Cattle Prod. If the horse is still down, put the prod away, your horse is probably not physically able to stand. I know this sounds extreme, but so does your situation. I do agree with Spastic Dove, though. Unless your horse is that laid back (unlikely), I think he would be up by now.
     
    06-17-2009, 11:01 AM
  #20
Yearling
I agree with every one else here...Get the help no matter what the heck it takes. Do you know anyone to come and help you try to get the horse up? Do you know anyone with a 4 x 4 or something that might have a horn dirt bike something anything....
I would be on that phone with every vet within a 100 mile radius.....
I hope by now the horse is up and some vet has come to help you.....
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