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        03-10-2011, 05:31 PM
    Ideas on what might have been wrong?

    My family owned a horse that they got really cheep from a couple of girls that had a ton of horses. They didint get him vet checked, and had a lot of problems with him from that point until he was put down about 1.5 years later. I know they had a couple of vets out (one a really really good vet, I know for sure. She vets a lot of my endurance rides) and spent a good amount tryin to figure out what was wrong. I was wondering if any of you may have seen anything like this...

    When he came home he had ulcer looking things on his lips that they said was from eating the scrub brush/cheat grass.

    He had a sore on front fetlock, stinky pus, leaking out. Had a vet out. Antibiotics/ poultice didint close it, vet came out, suggested epsom salt soak... This worked, the wound closed.

    Shortly after this the horse went septic. He stocked
    Up so bad the lower half of him looked like an elephant. Lots and lots of swelling in legs and sheath. Vet came out, injected antibiotic and painkiller/fever meds, ran bloodwork... Came back high white blood cells= blood infection they said

    As soon as antibiotic course was run, horse stocked up again and foundered hard. My mom bought penicillin and injected him every day, had corrective foot maint. He seemed
    To recover for about 2 months, then developed a infected area under jaw... Stocked up again. Treated With penicillin.

    This cycle kept repeating, vet tried out EIA theory, and strangles... All tested negative. He was in a lot of pain from repeated foundering and he was finally put down. He could hardly walk. They tried to save him, but had budget limits. I think in all they spent 10k... But no one could figure out what was wrong. Any of you seen this? Hear of anything close?
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        03-11-2011, 12:59 AM
    I've never actually known a horse that had this happen, but it sounds like he had a compromised immune system. Many things can cause this, and the first one that pops into mind is hypothyroidism. It probably would have been very expensive and difficult to figure out what the underlying problem was and it may not have even been treatable. Hypothyroidism however is fairly easy to detect and treat. This would just be my guess without actually seeing the horse or his test results of course.
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