Originally Posted by Copperhead
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!