Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: south of nowhere, north of nothing
Neurological, heart, or something else?
Forewarning.....THIS IS NOT MY HORSE. This is a horse at the ranch that I help to take care of. I have NO control over her medical other than to give opinions help to the owner who is very new to horses. I am ONLY putting this out to see if anybody has experience or ideas on what could help as well.
After the parade today on the way home, we got a call from one of the boarders who was hysterical saying her horse had collapsed. We immediately told her to call the vet out and we would be there in 5 ish minutes.
The mare has a heart murmur, she has a broken back, is lame in all 4 feet and probably her hips, and has small seizures every few days, where she will get very unbalanced and will fall to her knees before catching herself.
Apparetly her mare had seen her coming with her grain bucket...got really excited and then just collapsed. She started screaming (horse) and her legs were stuck straight out in front of her. She said that the mare had tried to get up but she couldnt get her legs underneath to push up and got her head stuck under her feed bin for a min.
By the time we got there Athena Eddie and Armywife were already back and in the stall with the mare.
She was curled up (no longer flat) and according to army wife her pulse was 46 and respiration was I don't remember haha but fast...
I went in and helped Armywife brace her back up (if we didnt brace her up she would fall back on her side, her legs would stick out straight again and she would start groaning and have big breathing problems like before)
The vet got there right after, gave her a shot of Bute (he said 4 grams I think?? Either 4 or 6. I don't remember I was distracted holding the mare up.)
We let her lay for a few minutes and then tried to get her up. She got her front up but then lost balance and almost came down on me and Armywife.
So we backed out of the way and the farrier and vet (both big guys) got ropes on her legs and turned her over to her other side....
After a minute she was able to stand up but was VERY unbalanced and she hadnt tried to walk about 20 min. Afterwards. And she stood there shaking her head every 10 seconds or so.
We talked to the vet about it, and he thinks that its a neurological problem.
Another thing is, she ALWAYS falls to her left. She has cuts and scrapes on her legs and face and is very very lame on her left.
The vet also thinks it could be sleep dep. Since she has such a hard time getting up because of the pain and what not he thinks that she isnt laying down at all to sleep (quite possible nobody has seen her lay down in awhile)
So basically he told the owner to up the bute to 3 grams a day to see if some of the pain relief will entice her to lay down and rest.
So without people immediately jumping on my case saying OVER AND OVER...."the mare should be put down!"
Know that I already see this. I think her quality of life is getting steadily worse but it is not my decision.
We ALREADY brought it up to the vet, and he basically said that the mare is eating, she recovers fairly quickly from it...and all he can do right now is reccommend bute....not to have any children near (in case she collapses again) and if it happens again or becomes a frequent accurance then he will reccommend euthanasia but as of now he does not think it nesseccary.
So if there is any helpful advice, experience home remedies whatever that can help this mare please share.