Has anyone ever seen anything like this? This the the mule we pulled from a broker from new holland. If anyone remembers me posting about her, when we went to get her she was cut up. We thought she had been cast in her stall. Her main issue is that she is having a really hard time getting up once she lays down. When we first got her she would not walk up the hill by herself at all- even the slight slope in this pasture. She is now walking up and down the hill on her own just fine. Sometimes she gets right up (but always a little backwards or sidestep when getting her footing), other times it takes her two or 3 times like this:
We have had the vet over and evaluate her. She walks fine, can spin in a circle, buck up with her head raised, etc. Despite how she looks, she is VERY thin, her hair is just deceiving and the big hay/worm belly. She has pretty much no muscle at all. From blood tests we did find she has lyme disease (not sure how high), but enough so our vet felt we should treat her. She has had one week of doxy and haven't really seen any improvement as far as her getting up, sometimes she can get up, sometimes she can't. I do think it doens't take her as long of a rest to retry - before she would lay and shake for a bit from the struggle before trying again. Vet said 7-10 days you usually see improvement. From the looks of her, we feel this is an issue that has been going on - her hair is rubbed short on her rear from sitting, and her hocks look capped - every time she does this she reopens bloody sores on them.
Now I don't know if this is a combination of the lyme with her being so underweight and undermuscled? Her feet are also extremely long, and her one hind foot is flaring to the side- I am still working on getting her to pick her feet up so I can get the farrier to do her safely. She is most definitely perkier acting. Or did she have a spinal injury at one time? Or recovered from something like EPM (vet and I thought this one was probably unliked as she was reportedly an amish work animal- testing/treatment is quite expensive).
Any help is appreciated.