Scary fitting episode.
So while at work today, I was out checking the Chocolate group (all horses get a visual check once a day (eyes/body/soundness) and a headcount twice a day), and when I went to move Kitkat, one of the little bay mares of the group, to check that she was sound, she had an "episode".
So yeah, she took a few steps forwards, then went completely rigid with her legs splayed, and keeled over sideways. She started thrashing and fitting with her legs completely straight, then seemed to come around, and managed to stand up. She was whickering to the other horses and obviously pretty shaken, when it happened again, and she fell sideways, and started thrashing.
At this point, I was on the radio to one of the other girls for her to call the yard manager who has weekends off, and I was getting my phone out to video it. I know that sounds pretty callous, but there wasn't anything I could safely do, and I knew the vets would want to see it. By the time I had my phone on video, she had managed to get up again, and she trotted off, with the only sign of anything happening being that she was slightly stiff behind.
She was brought down to the barn for one of the on call vets to come and see her, who listened to her heart (no apparent abnormalities), and took bloods. She bashed her eye up pretty badly when she went down and was fitting, so she's now on a course of Equinixin (flunixin) for the swelling and pain. The vet said it's most likely a brain issue, either a lesion or a tumour somewhere that's causing things to short out.
Anyone else had experience with anything like this? Not going to lie, I was pretty freaked out when it happened, I felt totally helpless!
I want to wake up and find a world in remission,
Free from the grasp of the human condition.