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post #11 of 16 Old 01-02-2011, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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You are not seriously just waiting for the poor thing to die? If he is that bad off, please do the humane thing!
no, we are not "waiting for him to die". his condition was not fully confirmed so we are having another vet up to look at him. he is not suffering, he is bright in himself just suffering with his mobility, but he is not in pain and seems to be doing ok.
have found out it can't be epm woth a little research because we live in the UK and it does not occur in this country, thats what you get for doing online vetting (his owners did this, i haven't had a lot to do with the vets as i don't own him, it's their decision what is done with him). i must stress that we will only do whats best for him, we wouldn't want to see him suffer.

i personally suspect either some kind of tumour as he has grown 2 inches recently, yet he is 14, or some kind of neurological disease. vet is up in 2 days so we may know what it is for sure then.
thanks for everyone's help, i'll keep you updated
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-03-2011, 11:52 AM
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"he also had a large cut on his leg last year which left him out of work for a while. upon returning to work a few months later he went lame, being shaky in his back end and going down in the yard when his saddle was put on."

When that happened, how did he get the big cut on his leg? Would that have something to do with it? Or did the cut have something to do with his training?


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post #13 of 16 Old 01-03-2011, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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"he also had a large cut on his leg last year which left him out of work for a while. upon returning to work a few months later he went lame, being shaky in his back end and going down in the yard when his saddle was put on."

When that happened, how did he get the big cut on his leg? Would that have something to do with it? Or did the cut have something to do with his training?

hi, the cut on his leg happened in the field we think there is something sharp in there as another horse in the same field was injured in a similar way. the vet stitched it up and he fully recovered so i don't think that it is anything to do with his current problems. He twisted his back a few years ago so this could be a factor, however he fully recovered from this so i don't think its a big factor. went up to do him today and he has a bit of a walk around his stable which is the most i've seen him do in a while so its made me a bit more positive. the vet is up tomorrow so hopefully we'll get some answers!
i took a few pics of him today (ignore the dirtiness this was pre-brush), they're bad quality but just in case anyone's interested:

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the way he was stood for a while - hind legs almost crossed, very weird

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post #14 of 16 Old 01-03-2011, 07:13 PM
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It sounds a bit like wobbles. Though it would have to be a pretty severe case for him to be hardly able to walk at all. The heat in the front feet sound like navicular to me, though he doesn't have the typical navicular stance you would expect to see. I don't know a whole lot about EPM, as it doesn't generally occur in California, but is it possible that if he were imported, or went to an international show or race that he could have contacted it? I know that its not your decision what gets done with him, but if you could be there when the vet comes out, I think it would benefit you to learn as much as you can, ask the vet your own questions, and maybe you've seen something the owner hasn't, that can help in diagnosing whats wrong.
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post #15 of 16 Old 01-04-2011, 10:14 AM
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can you post the pictures again. Sorry I couldn't see any.

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post #16 of 16 Old 01-05-2011, 07:54 PM
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From the description, it sounds Neurological, so I doubt a chiropractor would solve your problem. But it can't hurt either, by getting one there, at worse, you're horse will at least feel more comfortable.
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