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post #1 of 50 Old 03-15-2012, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Lyme Disease in Horses

I know this probably won't apply to a lot of you (Lyme disease isn't an issue in some parts, but it's rampant in VA!) but do any of your have horses with Lyme disease? My horse has it and my vet told me that Virginia is the Lyme disease capital of the U.S. I know it affects different horses differently, and fortunately, it doesn't seem to be that bad for my horse. He's a little stiff, but other than that, nothing really.

I'm trying to sell my horse and I'm going to disclose that; I think a lot of horses in VA have it, but people are probably unaware. My question is, is it really that big of a deal?
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I know this probably won't apply to a lot of you (Lyme disease isn't an issue in some parts, but it's rampant in VA!) but do any of your have horses with Lyme disease? My horse has it and my vet told me that Virginia is the Lyme disease capital of the U.S. I know it affects different horses differently, and fortunately, it doesn't seem to be that bad for my horse. He's a little stiff, but other than that, nothing really.

I'm trying to sell my horse and I'm going to disclose that; I think a lot of horses in VA have it, but people are probably unaware. My question is, is it really that big of a deal?
If I were buying, it certainly would. Lyme requires an antibiotic regiment and needs to be checked after several months.

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If I were buying, it certainly would. Lyme requires an antibiotic regiment and needs to be checked after several months.
I totally understand that, but in VA I think you'd be hard pressed to find a horse that doesnt; at least that's what my vet told me. My horse was on antibiotics for a month...and he functions normally. I'm being honest about it, and either people aren't, or they don't know their horse has it. Obviously,, not EVERY single horse has it, but in VA it's extremely common.
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Since he's been treated, I would be satisfied if a follow up blood test (e.g. During a vet check) was clear and would have no problem purchasing.

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Since he's been treated, I would be satisfied if a follow up blood test (e.g. During a vet check) was clear and would have no problem purchasing.
Thank you for your input :)

But, I'm not sure another test would ever be clear - he had it for awhile before I caught it. I'm not sure how it works exactly. I'm taking him back to the vet after he finishes his doxy, so I can ask him.
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Lyme disease is named old Lyme Ct. If he has had it awhile he probably has some arthritis. If there is a test to see how much is still in his system that would be wise since you are selling him.
Unfortunat ly it is a disease that is spreading.
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Lyme disease is named old Lyme Ct. If he has had it awhile he probably has some arthritis. If there is a test to see how much is still in his system that would be wise since you are selling him.
Unfortunat ly it is a disease that is spreading.
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Good idea, thanks! I'll ask the vet about it.
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I worked in a barn where every horse had Lyme. It will always be in their system. The majorty of cases it has caused slight lameness (along the lines of arthritis and mood change). I have only seen one case where the horse could barely move when symptomatic (senior). I would not turn a horse away knowing it had Lyme. In my area, the majority of horses have it and if they don't, they will soon enough. Although I would want to know how the horse reacts when symptomatic.

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I worked in a barn where every horse had Lyme. It will always be in their system. The majorty of cases it has caused slight lameness (along the lines of arthritis and mood change). I have only seen one case where the horse could barely move when symptomatic (senior). I would not turn a horse away knowing it had Lyme. In my area, the majority of horses have it and if they don't, they will soon enough. Although I would want to know how the horse reacts when symptomatic.
Thank you for your insight!
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I wish there was a vaccine for it.
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