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post #21 of 38 Old 02-25-2013, 11:26 AM
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First off I'm so sorry for your loss.

Years ago we had a 4yo TB who looked to colic. He was treated, thought he recovered and needed to be treated again a few weeks later. After that, he suddenly deteriorated very quickly, we did every bloodtest possible, he was examined by 3 different vets - nobody could decide what was wrong. I went in one morning to find he had rubbed the hair off his head and he fell in his stall and struggled to get back up. Everytime he went down he did more damage to himself so I had to drag him to a paddock so that if he fell again he wouldnt hurt himself. I called the boss, told him to get a vet now, and bring the horsebox. We ended up putting him down in the box so that we could take him to find out what had gone on.

Turned out, while out on his summer holidays from racing, he had ate a a tiny twist tie like one you would see on a loaf of bread, and it had punctured his stomache.

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post #22 of 38 Old 02-25-2013, 12:14 PM
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Please do have her checked for rabies. Many years ago I had a horse die from rabies, and some of the symptoms you are describing are eerily familiar. If she did have rabies you may need to seek treatment.
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How horrible :( I have no input but just wanted to say I'm so sorry this happened. I can't imagine. *hugs*

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post #24 of 38 Old 02-25-2013, 01:20 PM
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So very sorry for your loss. What an awful experience. However, it is good that you are in the care of a good person, the barn owner, who can help you throught this tragedy.
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post #25 of 38 Old 02-25-2013, 01:41 PM
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So sorry for the tragic loss of your horse.
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post #26 of 38 Old 02-25-2013, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for your kind words. I decided to leave her in one piece and I buried her last night, so there is no way for me to have any tests done on her to see what caused it. Even if she did have rabies, she didn't bite me, so would it be possible for me to contract it? Should I go get a shot just in case?
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post #27 of 38 Old 02-25-2013, 02:36 PM
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If an animal tests postive to rabies anyone that came in contact with the saliva, doesn't need to be bitten, needs to have the series of rabies shots. This includes the vet and anyone that handled her. It is much more than 1 shot.
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post #28 of 38 Old 02-25-2013, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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My vet called around and a couple other vets said they've seen cases like this that ended up being "Moldy Corn Poisoning"

Moldy Corn Poisoning or Leukoencephalomalacia in Horses

Sounds pretty accurate. But why would the other horses show no signs of poisoning?
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post #29 of 38 Old 02-25-2013, 05:57 PM
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Your horse may just have been sensitive to it, where the others weren't. There are reasons I don't willingly feed corn.
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post #30 of 38 Old 02-26-2013, 04:40 PM
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It definitely sounds neurologic and a good idea, as others have said, to rule out rabies in any neuro case. I'm so sorry her end was so tragic for you, never easy to say good bye, even harder when it is traumatic like that. My dog had a brain tumor and had very similar symptoms toward the end, especially the weird eating non-food things. The bloody nose fits with that, but it also fits with crashing into something because she was neurologic in general. I'd have the vet do a full necropsy, as distasteful as the idea can be. Often having answers to a mysterious death like this can help you cope. I'm so sorry for your loss.
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