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  • Can a horse with neurological problems be helped
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    09-25-2011, 07:55 AM
  #1
Foal
Neurological problems!

Please help!
My horse just got diagnosed with head shaking syndrome, which is probably connected with her other neurological problem that her legs don't have a great connection with her brain. Randomly, one of any of her four legs doesn't complete a movement, this happens especially when she canters or gallops and she does a whole front flip landing on her back. She also trips alot onto her knees when she walk because one of her legs just lags, and wont move as soon as it should!
The vet said she is too unsafe to ride ever again, which is really upsetting :(
I don't know what to do with her, my trainer is already started on finding a new horse, but I can't afford to have both living in great conditions! I can't send her back to were I got her from because I basically rescued her as she was in terrible conditions when I found her, and obviously I can't sell her for just being a sweetheart. I will try and have her live outside full time for a better price, but if that doesn't work, I don't know what to do...
I live in Germany, and I haven't heard about any sanctuaries around here...
     
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    09-25-2011, 08:32 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Wow, this is a tough situation. She doesn't sound safe, even to herself. Outside board has its own set of dangers-uneven footing, slow response time to other horses, muddy or snowy conditions, falling when trying to run.
You could try it & see how it goes, maybe her nerves will make new pathways that will serve her well.
If it doesn't work out perhaps the kindest thing would be to release her from her body that has failed her. You've given her love & care that she hadn't known before so no one can say you haven't tried your best.
I'm so sorry this has happened to your girl.
Wishing you only the best.
     
    09-25-2011, 04:37 PM
  #3
Foal
Thank you, that means alot, really. You have helped me to consider quite a few things for her future.
     
    09-25-2011, 04:46 PM
  #4
Yearling
Another idea might be to explore veterinary/equine hospitals who do research. Sometimes horses with unusual conditions like hers are taken in for research and more studying, to help other horses down the road. It is a different type of rehoming than what you are probably thinking of, but if - at some point - she becomes unsafe to herself, and distresses herself because she doesn't know what's wrong, they will be able to recognize that and deal with it in a humane fashion.

I'm so sorry for you and your mare. This is a tough situation and there are no easy solutions.
     
    09-25-2011, 08:33 PM
  #5
Weanling
I am so sorry! I can certainly see why you are so upset. It does sound like the poor girl could end up hurting herself. The idea to send her to a equine hospital does sound like an option, but take your time in making a desicion you will be happy with and again I am sorry for your situation.
     
    09-25-2011, 10:12 PM
  #6
Banned
Do you have any idea what's causing the neurological issue? There's a chance it's treatable. Did the vet mention anything like Wobblers Syndrome, or problems with the vertebrae, or swelling, or anything? I think I'd get a second opinion, preferably with an equine specialist, before giving up just yet.
     
    09-25-2011, 10:36 PM
  #7
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You could always give her to a good home for a pasture ornament. Many times someone will jump on a horse that is unsafe to ride for a pasture mate. Although the cost to keep her would have to be relatively low (i.e. Basic feed and little to no medications)....
     
    09-25-2011, 10:42 PM
  #8
Weanling
Could it be EPM? I woman I know has a horse with very bad neurological problems and, and sadly epm was the cause. Just a thought. I wish you so much luck for you and your horse <3
Here is a link. Read under symptoms. Good luck.
Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
    09-25-2011, 11:13 PM
  #9
Green Broke
This site seems to have a lot of Q&A on head shaking syndrome
The Horse Doctor: Headshaking Syndrome....Just the facts
     
    09-26-2011, 12:06 PM
  #10
Foal
Well, the person who diagnosed her with the syndrome was in fact a specialist, and he worked with her for five hours before making his final diagnoses although he could see it from the start, even before she completely toppled over in front of him because she dragged her hind legs a little. He said it probably wasnít a tick, but rather that her nerves were somehow blocked somewhere in her lower neck.
He also said the only thing I could do about the head shaking was to give her human Parkinsonís medicine but it would cost thousands and wouldnít resolve the falling...
Iíve discussed with a few farms near my home about her being a pasture ornament, which hopefully will work out, and I will call back the vet for more options that he knows of. For now I have settled for doing circus lessons with her twice a week to keep her working and thinking.
the articles were really informative,
Thank you for all the ideas!
     

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