My horse is showing symptoms of EPM
Things arent going so well...I lost my 2yr old to colic in Oct, took in a mare with a tumor and paid to have that taken care of, now my gelding is showing signs of EPM.
Today I noticed he was standing in the pasture with his hind legs spread apart and began swaying and losing his balance. At first I thought he had fallen asleep, but then realized his eyes were open and he was pinning his ears at the other geldings. I watched him a little longer then put a halter on him and started walking him around, he was extremely stiff on his hind end (which isnt totally abnormal, he seems to have a dropped hip so he's always been stiff on that side). I also noticed that he was very clumsy, tripping and stepping all over his own feet. I walked him a bit and watched him eat some grass, which he chewed a bit and spit out. To be sure it wasnt a fluke I grabbed a carrot (his favorite) and gave it to him, he tried chewing it and spit it out. The first thought to cross my mind was EPM, but didnt want to jump to any conclusions. I went ahead and fed him his grain and alfalfa and watched him while he ate it, he did drop some on the ground but seemed to eat it fine.
Like I said he's always walked stiff on that one leg, kind of swings it out when walking. But after doing some research when I got home I noticed some symptoms he seems to have:
Suddenly falling asleep (hes done this tied up several times)
I am going to call my vet in the morning but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this. I knew someone that had a horse with EPM and she spent 10 thousand dollars treating him...
Im devestated to say the least.
"When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine...you know you are loved." — John Lyons