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    03-11-2012, 11:56 AM
  #11
Green Broke
Oh my, that is so sad to watch. I suspect something wrong with her neck, it looks like it's in a fixed position & she doesn't use it like a normal horse getting up. I hope you can find a workable solution.
Even if it doesn't go well for her at least you know you saved her from an unspeakable fate.
Thank you for helping this girl.
     
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    03-11-2012, 04:28 PM
  #12
Super Moderator
You say that she has Lymes, I suggest that you get the vet to run bloods and test for Cauda Equina. This can result from a horse fighting off an infection (Lymes) and the antibodies turning on the nerve endings causing a paralysis.

Has she got feeling in her dock or is it very flaccid? Is she dragging her back toes at all?

It could be that she has damaged her neck and this is causing the problems behind. Hard to say from the video. I have a series of tests you can perform to see where/if she is misaligned. If you are interested PM me and I will mail them to you.
     
    03-11-2012, 04:42 PM
  #13
Yearling
Her tail is rather loose if that's what you mean foxhunter. Like when you pull it up, she can't really clamp it down hard.
I will send you a pm with my e-mail, thank you
     
    03-11-2012, 04:45 PM
  #14
Yearling
I can get a video clip of her just walking around the field if that helps
     
    03-11-2012, 06:36 PM
  #15
Super Moderator
What I would like to see is her standing square on a level surface taken from behind.
I would also like to see her turning her hind so she is doing a turn on the forehand (front legs more or less still and hind going around them.

With her dock try sticking your finger nail into it hard enough that she would try to move away from it but not hard enough to get you booted!
     
    03-11-2012, 06:52 PM
  #16
Yearling
:( so sad. I hope it's fixable. She has a very nice face. I am a sucker for the mules, so I feel for you. I know lots say, meh euthanize and move on, but I hope this girl makes it....there is something about her (other than obvious distress) that tugs my heart a wee bit :)
     
    03-12-2012, 10:36 AM
  #17
Foal
Afew years ago my daughter bought a double bred sonny dee bar mare from a friend, after 2 days I noticed the mare limping on her right front, checked her feet and found a stone, but the mare kept limping, so had the farrier come out, he suggested calling the vet before he trimed her ( thought it may be her shoulder) had the vet come out and without even touching the mare, the vet said she was foundered all the way around,(no way) and drew blood the mare was about 2 mos. From foaling, anyway she did a pelvic and said the mare was not bred, I told her I 've seen the foal move, she said she must have dropped the foal, this was in sept.
Well, I called the friend she bought the horse from and she agreed the mare was bred and we called her vet, we treated her twice for Lymes with no inprovement..
This mare did the same thing as your mule only she used her tip toes, and would pivot when she needed to turn once up.
We then called another farrier, and he agreed to take the horse to his place, after 6 mos. She was fine( she did foal also and was not foundered )long story short, he said she was not balanced, and had been trimed incorrectly over the years,he still has the mare and his wife shows the mare.
Good luck
     
    03-12-2012, 11:17 AM
  #18
Yearling
Here is a video of her just walking around, not the best a the pasture isn't very even and clumps of grass everywhere. She does walk funny behind, but I think that is because her feet are soo long. I can maybe get a video of me leading her if I can get my husband to tape it.
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    03-14-2012, 11:38 AM
  #19
Yearling
Just wanted to updated. The vet sent in serum yesterday to run an epm test just in case. Yesterday she got stuck against the fence, was able to roll away from it and get up. This morning she was gone and fence was down. We looked for hours for her. Our neighbor finally called and they had caught her and put her in the barn. When I got her she was wet like she has walked through the creek and seems completely out of it. When I first walked her out of their barn we went down a ltitle incline and she was walking too fast and her hind legs buckled forward and her hoofs sort of bent down so she was on the fronts of her hooves/coronet. Slowed her up and she was fine. Walked her home on the road, cars whizzing by and she barely flicked an ear. She seems okay, no cuts or anything, she's out grazing.
Something new she has been doing, I bring her out to eat and tie her to our hitching post. She gets done and then will walk into the tree branches by the post. She won't back up, she just keeps walking into the tree, she seems agitated about it and keeps raising her head like she can't help it. Once I go grab her, she back out fine for me. Its really bizarre.
Someone on another forum suggested bracken poisoning, anyone ever hear of this?
     
    03-14-2012, 11:31 PM
  #20
Weanling
The symptoms she is having certainly fit Braken Poisoning. Do you have ferns in your pasture or was there ferns at her previous home? It takes up to 3 months for any symptoms to show up so it could fit. Have your vet give her Vitamin B1 as a precaution maybe. Best of Luck.
     

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