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    03-05-2013, 12:52 PM
Strokes in horses

We think my Arabian gelding had a stroke last fall...Has this happened to anyone else? He fell over sideways like a tree...It was very scary because he was cast on his back and when he did get up he was very confussed and fearful. He seems fine now but I don't ride him as much. What could of caused it? I thought maybe because he is fatter than he should be, but my vet says no. He also thinks he might have a nuralogical disorder.....But that doesnt seem right to me as he is normal now.
Any ideas?
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    03-05-2013, 12:57 PM
If he's not showing any physical signs such as dragging any of his limbs or paralysis anywhere, he didn't have a stroke.

He could have had a seizure, which is also a neurological issue. I lost my heart horse to neurological seizures. He was also an Arabian.

My horse had one seizure, then was fine for 8 months. He started having multiple seizures with no warning, fell and broke his pelvis, and I put him down that same day.

How old is your boy?
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    03-05-2013, 01:09 PM
Strokes in horses

He turned 12 Feb 14th....I was worried someone was going to say siezure.....I thought that all along. That is terrible you lost your horse. He is my best friend...Thanks for the input.
    03-05-2013, 01:27 PM
I'm sorry you and your horse are going through this. He's still very young. Has the vet given you any ideas about what could have caused the episode?

My boy was 24 when he had his first seizure, and he was 25 when I put him down. I understand how you feel about your gelding. I felt the same way about my boy.

It'll be six years in July since I laid my boy to rest. It's tough, but I wouldn't have missed that 21 years we had even if I'd known how it was going to end at the start.
    03-05-2013, 01:49 PM
Strokes in horses

Yes he is very young. My vet had mentioned a nurolgical disorder that Arabian foals develop very early after birth. They all die because of it. He said he has heard of cases where horses wont show any signs until later on in life but I can't remember the name he gave it. My horse has always had certain issues that I just thought were his personality. After the episode he had last fall it took till after christmas for him to seem normal again. I hope he will be okay...The thought of him not being around is hard.......
    03-05-2013, 01:55 PM
I believe your vet is talking about SCID, but foals affected with it always die. I've not heard of any adult horses with it. There are carriers, but they never display symptoms.
    03-05-2013, 02:32 PM
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I might of confussed two seperate disorders? But the siezure sounds right.....My vet mentioned siezures but I was in denial about the whole thing....He also talked about mild stroke but that was right after it happened.
I guess I will have to wait and see if he has anymore problems and then figure out what to do for him then.
    03-05-2013, 03:30 PM
Whatever it is, I'm sorry. It's awful when you have a sick horse and can't figure out what's wrong.
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    03-06-2013, 04:56 PM
It does sound to me like a seizure too.
    03-07-2013, 01:03 PM
Thanks for answering....I believe its siezures too......I will have to keep my eye on him for any slight changes in his behaviour. The day before he went down someone phoned to say one of our horses were laying down out in the pasture for an hour. We thought it was the mare as she always lays down to rest. The next day my farrier came out and Kupid seemed quite but normal. We trimmed him and as he was walked off he just fell over like a tree! I really hate not knowing if I should ride him or not. He is a good horse......I have ridden him but do not over do it.

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