Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians
Is your vet familiar with the way a Walker moves? I have heard of other people having vets think their horse had EPM and it turned out to just be the horse's natural movement (kinda wonky in the back end?). I'm not familiar with how they move, so can't really explain any better. Why does she think the horse has EPM?
When she came out she said initially his confirmation is really poor. Which, THAT I completely agree. She said his bones grew a little wrong so now he always bows out to the side. So she called my farrier to tell him how he needs to trim him next week to help him out a little bit. She seemed like she knew a bit about the Walkers but probably not nearly as much as she knows about my other horse(hes a warmblood) The thing that gets me is I have been riding him for 4 years this way(at least I think, Jack was one of my first horses and until I got Leon, my other horse, did I notice he really moves differently.) He trips a ton, never fully falls or anything. He walks in a straight line, never bucked, reared, we have even started cantering him and getting him to jump very small jumps and he has never once had any problems. So I guess this is where I don't understand if he had EPM I feel like I would be having more problems than what i'm having with it right? All the research online makes it seem like it would be extremely noticeable and it would progressvily get worse as it goes on untreated. So I'm really not sure. She said he walks and moves like a horse with a neurological problem, his hind end is very flimsy. And he's definetely not lacking condititioning, he's ridden at least 4 times a week, on trails and arena work. So I don't know :( I will definetely take a look at some holistic stuff for him to. And nope she didn't give me any instructions with him until the test results come back. So i'm just going to keep doing the stuff I do the same, we've been doing it for so long this way. He always eats and drinks the exact same, and I read symptoms include legargic. Comparing the sympoms with him is literally 50-50. Theyre kind of even, but I'm not sure if his clumsyness has anything to do with me trimming him like a quarter horse or not trimming him like he needs to be.