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post #11 of 19 Old 09-02-2012, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Oh man that's awful! Jack is only ten so he's not young but he's definetely not old. If there was something wrong with their spine wouldn't he be less likely for you to saddle and ride and put pressure on it? Everything about this all just seems wrong. Everything I read makes it seem like he shouldn't be able to do the many things he does now.. Maybe this is me just convincing myself he's fine..
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post #12 of 19 Old 09-02-2012, 12:57 PM
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And maybe he IS fine, just being a Walker......Keeping fingers crossed for you!
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-02-2012, 12:59 PM
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Is there anyone around familiar with walkers that could take a look at him for you? A breeder or even someone who has owned a few would be able to tell right away if its a typical walker thing or something else.

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Is there anyone around familiar with walkers that could take a look at him for you? A breeder or even someone who has owned a few would be able to tell right away if its a typical walker thing or something else.

There is one girl who rode them for many years but I have to be completely honest with you and I don't know if I trust her opinion. I'm at a boarding barn and all of the drama and dirt talking always starts with her. Until I know anything matter of factly, I'm not sharing this with anyone at that barn. But maybe you're right.. I should ask her.. she's been on him a couple times and she has never said anything was off about him?
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Has your farrier pressure tested his feet? With the tripping, he could have developed an abscess or some sort, or be in some kind of discomfort from his trim. Depending on the test, he could come back positive for EPM anyways (even if he isn't diseased). EPM appears to make the horse drunk though. If he's not swaggering around like an idiot, I think the EPM test is just a precausion.

I would focus on his feet with all the tripping. You're right though...I'm not sure I would have done the test if the vet told me that 90% of the horses in the barn would have tested positive without being effected. So what good is the test if the horse is positive, not diseased, and you would be treating it for something it really doesn't have without fixing the actual problem?

This could get really frustrating.
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Has your farrier pressure tested his feet? With the tripping, he could have developed an abscess or some sort, or be in some kind of discomfort from his trim. Depending on the test, he could come back positive for EPM anyways (even if he isn't diseased). EPM appears to make the horse drunk though. If he's not swaggering around like an idiot, I think the EPM test is just a precausion.

I would focus on his feet with all the tripping. You're right though...I'm not sure I would have done the test if the vet told me that 90% of the horses in the barn would have tested positive without being effected. So what good is the test if the horse is positive, not diseased, and you would be treating it for something it really doesn't have without fixing the actual problem?

This could get really frustrating.
Ugh Right! I would love to be able to talk to my farrier, but he hasn't returned my phone calls, voicemails, text messages in a couple weeks and he's supposed to be out friday. Actually he is supposed to be at Jack's old barn(literally a driveway apart) so I was just trying to call him to tell him that I moved him across the way and he won't return my phone calls. And I'm not sure if my vet got a hold of him to tell him the way he needed to be trimmed. So at this point i'm essentially at a loss. And exactly! I don't know if the test, kind of like heartworm in a dog, tells you how light of a positive or if its been a while. :( That test was not cheap either!
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Ugh Right! I would love to be able to talk to my farrier, but he hasn't returned my phone calls, voicemails, text messages in a couple weeks and he's supposed to be out friday. Actually he is supposed to be at Jack's old barn(literally a driveway apart) so I was just trying to call him to tell him that I moved him across the way and he won't return my phone calls. And I'm not sure if my vet got a hold of him to tell him the way he needed to be trimmed. So at this point i'm essentially at a loss. And exactly! I don't know if the test, kind of like heartworm in a dog, tells you how light of a positive or if its been a while. :( That test was not cheap either!
I'm confused. Who is in chrge of the horse? How old are you?

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I'm confused. Who is in chrge of the horse? How old are you?
I'm in charge of the horse. I went with what my vet suggested and she suggested we test them. What does it matter how old I am. 21.
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I'm confused. Who is in chrge of the horse? How old are you?
sorry distracted NVM

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