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    06-02-2010, 08:36 PM
Horse fell over

The other day I had just taken my horse out we just got out of the gate and he fell over.

He stumbled a couple times while walking out but that's normal for him he's a stumbler (if there is such a thing) I was riding my daughter on the buddy seat behind and I thought maybe it was too much for him. She immediately got off as did I and he got back up and seemed fine. Other than a scraped up nose. He fell gracefully like front legs folded under first.

I did notice that he was grunting alot when walking - he is a grunter anyhow but I have never know him to just grunt from walking. After a while I got back on him and I noticed he was taking real choppy steps and falling to the left like a drunk man so I immediately got off him again and walked him home.

I know I need a vet however Im just trying to get as much advice as I can or opinions because my husband is a macho man who doesnt believe anything is wrong he is just out of shape which he is. So I need to convince him that he needs to be seen. Im definitely not riding him or letting my daughter till I check him out.

His natural personality is a Eeyore type and you typically have to put a quarter in him to get him to go. He used to be a therapy horse for the handicap he's so mellow.

Any input would be extremely helpful thank you
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    06-02-2010, 08:39 PM
I agree, you need a vet.

Unless you were on a 20 mile gallop through the hills, I don't think any horse, out of shape or not, should fall like that. It SCREAMS neurological.
    06-02-2010, 08:42 PM
Green Broke
At first thought, I'd say it sounds like he was tying up. Horses that are tying up becoming extremely stiff, reluctant to move, stumble frequently, and can fall down if pushed due to inability to properly use the "paralyzed" muscles. This is a condition that can happen with out of shape horses worked to hard, or horses being fed to much grain. It is also part of a condition called PSSM which actually runs in stock breeds and will happen regardless of workout or grain.

Was he sweating profusely? That is another major symptom. I would call a vet but I don't think you need to rush one out unless he's still staggering around drunk. Typically in cases like this, there's not a lot the vet can do unless it starts happening constantly.

More details would be nice, I could be way off base, it just sounded very familer to how my Paint filly was acting when she tied up.
    06-02-2010, 08:48 PM
Hey my little dude is a black and white paint also. Well the day prior my husband took him and ponied him and worked him pretty hard so my husband thinks he was just sore. Would this be what you are talking about and during the cold months he stumbles way more than summer. I don't know what other info to provide so if theres something Im missing please let me know. Thanks
    06-02-2010, 08:55 PM
I think it sounds a little like tying up too, or a neurological disorder. The fact that he is a 'stumbler' makes me more suspicious of the latter. In the meantime I think you should not ride him until you get a diagnosis, because it could be that it is a neuro problem that is now progressing and this could be dangerous for you or your children if you are on him when he goes down. Good luck, keep the forum posted please!
    06-02-2010, 09:46 PM
The past stumbling worries me too...definitely has the possibility of being EPM or some other neurologic disorder. I know when the vet gave Tara her checkup and did some little exercises to screen for EPM, Tara was a little too compliant with having her legs crossed over one another, so the vet said to keep a lookout for stumbling :(

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