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post #1 of 3 Old 11-02-2007, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Shivers Help!

Ok A horse that I groom while his owner is out of town, Just got diagnosed with Shivers . I am looking for any tips to help his owner and what she can do to keep him healthy or any tips that might aid him in gettting better (we know there is no cure, but we do know there has been horses that just get rid of it) and/or people who have delt with shivers before and has a hands on experience or lots of knowlege in this disease with success stories. Any info would be great! Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-03-2007, 08:36 AM
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So sorry to hear about this horse, It doesn't sound like a very nice disease :( I read the following on thehorse.com :

There is no effective treatment for shivers. A horse might improve with rest, but shivering will return when exercise resumes. Some owners feed a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet similar to that used to manage PSSM, and this might help early in the disease. In another study, clinical signs did not resolve when fed a high-fat diet.

Some days are better than others for some shivers-affected horses. In general, this is considered a progressive, debilitating disease with a poor prognosis. Clinical signs eventually increase in frequency and severity, and muscle wasting and weakness worsen. The course of the disease can progress rapidly or take as long as 24 years to render a horse incapacitated.


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post #3 of 3 Old 11-03-2007, 10:36 AM
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Unfortunately, as Vidaloco said there is really nothing that is guaranteed to help. You might seem a response to a high fat low carb diet or you might not--they didn't in study. Long rest and then a very slow return to work and as much turnout as possible might lead to improvement. But most often it is a progressive problem and you just have to live with it.

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