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  • Injury in horses neurological
  • Treatment spinal cord injury in horses

 
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    04-27-2008, 02:03 PM
  #1
Foal
Spinal Cord/Lower back Injury....

Hi there,
my mare either has a spinal cord/lower back injury or a bad case of EPM, she fell a few weeks back in the mud and did a whole body slam! She seemed fine, I gave her bute for 2 days (just in case) and when she started going out again, she would just "Walk" out to the pasture, and not run with the others, we thought nothing of it, we just thought she was being careful with the footing...well time went on with no swelling or heat, and one day I watched her walking and her hind end was leaning real bad as she walked....not it is soooo bad that her shoulders/head will follow you/the lead rope but her hind end leans over so far that she almost falls over while walking, she tries her best to catch her balance but I am afraid she "Will" fall down and break something! The vet is leaning more towards the injury because she responds so well to the bute and wants a chiropractor to look at her back before we do a bunch of exrays....what do you think? (I have called/emailed a few people in the area, just waiting to hear back from them.)
     
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    04-27-2008, 08:05 PM
  #2
Trained
I dunno. I wish you and her the very best tho!!!
     
    04-27-2008, 10:50 PM
  #3
Yearling
Bute doesn't help neurological issues, so I would be leaning toward the injury as well especially with the history. However, before having ANY manipulation of the spine done I would want x-rays because manipulation of certain types of injuries can make matters worse.
     
    04-27-2008, 10:59 PM
  #4
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Originally Posted by Ryle
Bute doesn't help neurological issues, so I would be leaning toward the injury as well especially with the history. However, before having ANY manipulation of the spine done I would want x-rays because manipulation of certain types of injuries can make matters worse.
I'm surprised your vet would want a chiropractor to adjust your horse if there's suspition of a spinal injury... that is VERY odd - human chiros are very careful to ask of any past injury and will refuse to work on you if you have an undiagnosed nerve issue.
Personally I'd want a second opinion from a different vet.
     
    04-28-2008, 09:36 AM
  #5
Super Moderator
Did you check for a pelvic injury?
     
    04-28-2008, 10:40 AM
  #6
Foal
I was not here for the vet appointment (my mom was) so I could not ask those questions...I am new to the area and he was the only vet in this area that could take new clients at this time...I will get another vet out as soon as I can. I have talked with a few people on the phone/email and they are all leaning towards the injury...some are thinking it is a pinched nerve!
     

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