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    01-12-2013, 08:17 PM
  #1
Foal
Lathargic and Depressed

We have a very outgoing fun 12 year old TWH gelding. He has lost some weight, got a heavier coat than usual, not his usual self. He will be laying in the grass and you clap your hands to wake him up and he does nothing. You have to go out and take his head and shake it for him to sit up and his eyes will be rolled back in his head. This is not daily but has happened twice in the last week. Two different vets are looking at him but no word on what is going on. Looking at EPM now. We have a broken heart. We are not new to horses and our family has had horses all of our lives. I'm 53 now and this is my 33 year old daughters riding horse. She has had him for 6 years now and no problems with anything before. We have never seen anything like this.

If anyone has any ideas please pass them on. We want to get Dakota up and feeling better.
     
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    01-12-2013, 08:19 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I have lots of ideas but you haven't said what test the vet has ran. The results of a full blood work up would be the 1st in diagnosing and pointing you in a direction.
     
    01-12-2013, 08:20 PM
  #3
Green Broke
If you truley want to help the horse I would be hauling him to the closest Universty hospital fast.
     
    01-12-2013, 08:26 PM
  #4
Foal
One of the vets did a full workup and found nothing out of the ordinary. The second vet is at a University hospital that we took him to yesterday. They will be doing more exrays and test on Monday as they are not doing this over the weekend. We are very nervous and anxioulsy waiting for Monday to get here. They are thinking arthiritis and EPM. I was just wondering if anyone had seen a horse acting like this before. I have had a mare with EPM before but the symptoms were not like for the gelding. Mainly all she showed was the wobbling. The medicine the mare took fixed her and she shows no signs now. Thanks for your help
     
    01-12-2013, 08:33 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Andrea H    
One of the vets did a full workup and found nothing out of the ordinary. The second vet is at a University hospital that we took him to yesterday. They will be doing more exrays and test on Monday as they are not doing this over the weekend. We are very nervous and anxioulsy waiting for Monday to get here. They are thinking arthiritis and EPM. I was just wondering if anyone had seen a horse acting like this before. I have had a mare with EPM before but the symptoms were not like for the gelding. Mainly all she showed was the wobbling. The medicine the mare took fixed her and she shows no signs now. Thanks for your help
Xray's? What are they going to xray? That doesn't make sense unless you could see a visible injury which you didn't mention. And your symptoms sound nothing like arthritus. Did the Univ. Take blood test? There tests are different than a local vet can do. Where do you live? Certain areas are known for certain diseases.
     
    01-12-2013, 08:42 PM
  #6
Foal
The x-rays are for back, spine energy. They think he is walking unusual. I don't think he is as he is a large 16 hand long bodied horse and has a lot of sway to his walk. I believe this is why they are thinking EPM. He has had no known injury. Their blood work that was done on Friday afternoon showed nothing unusual either. They are doing a more in depth work up. They are also going to draw spinal fluid. Took a sample from his stomach and nothing wrong there either. We showed them pictures from October and how he looks now and that made them realize that something was wrong. If you saw him now and did not know him you would not belive anything was wrong with him. We know him and for sure there is a problem with something. He still eats, drinks and his poop still looks good. Just really worried. Our regular vet worked on him last Friday and sent us on to the University Hospital since no improvement. Neither was there in worsening either. This horse is top man in his pasture of 4 geldings FYI. We live in GA. The arthiritis once again comes from his swishy walking, but he always walks like this and is smooth as silk under saddle. Never any problems with his health
     
    01-12-2013, 08:44 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Do you have Lyme's in your area? Causes weight loss and nuerological issues.
     

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