Possible EPM case? HELP. Urgent!
Okay. Very strange stuff here. It is late and we live in the middle of nowhere. Theres no vets who will come out here right now. So I am possibly taking him in the morning. It is Zahir my arabian gelding. He is 15 years old and hasnt had any health issues in the 3 years I have had him. No lameness issues, nothing. Well Tonight I went out to feed and I called him up just like I always do. Normally he is very enthusiastic about eating and comes up pretty quickly. Well he didnt come up. He is on 5 acres partially wooded. So I went into the wooded part with a halter and lead to go find him. I finally found him and he was just standing there. Kind of just in a trance almost. So I put the halter on him and tried leading him. He would barely move. He had his tail up and I thought he was trying to poop. I thought he was colicking but he started pooping and it looked normal. I started leading him again and he was still going slow. Finally I got him into an open area and he was limping on his back left leg. It looked very stiff. So I thought oh dang stifle problems. I felt his leg and stifle for heat swelling or blood and couldnt find anything. I started to lead him again and he would not budge. My mom had to tap him with a stick the whole way so I could get him up to the front yard. I finally got him up there and checked his legs more. Nothing unusual. He was favoring his left for a while but then he put weight on it and cocked his right. He kept switching legs.
I tried getting him to eat. He wouldnt eat feed or hay. He wouldnt drink. His ears were laying sideways. His tail stays up. Then he wouldnt stand straight. His back legs were more to the right than the front. Well it's been about 2 hours and he isnt any better. I put him in a smaller paddock so he could be watched. Hasnt moved since I put him in there. Still wont eat. It is scaring me very badly. He is still pooping and letting out gas. All normal. He has never acted this way before! Could this be EPM? On Sunday the neighbors gelding got through the fence and was in there with Zahir for a while (we got home and the horse was in there. We were pretty confused). Could this horse have given him something? I know whatever is going on set in within 30 mins. I left to go to the store around 6 and he was acting fine. I got back 30 mins later and couldnt find him. I am taking him to the vet in the morning if he's not better. Could this be EPM? Or WNV? He's been vaccinated for virtually everything. Or could this be a stifle problem and he's in too much pain to eat? I am very scared and I hope my baby will get through this. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? I am very stressed right now.
my best friend is my arabian. People always tell me that he's the calmest horse they've ever seen. i tell them he's an arabian. and they are surprised :)