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    02-17-2012, 10:11 AM
I am so sorry for your loss and hope you find some answers soon.
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    02-17-2012, 10:23 AM
I'm going to 3rd the idea that it could have been botulism. Botulism causes spasms and seizures, and the animal goes down hill very rapidly.

OP, my deepest condolences. It's hard enough to lose one, but to lose two at the same time has to be devastating beyond words.
    02-17-2012, 10:29 AM
That is devastating, I'm so sorry for your losses! I don't have a clue what it could be, but the others giving suggestions are pretty knowledgeable. I hope you are able to find out what it was and hopefully have some peace. I'm sorry you had to go through this!
    02-17-2012, 10:34 AM
I have no helpful ideas, but botulism does make sense.

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you are able to get the answers you are looking for.
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    02-17-2012, 10:39 AM
I don't have any suggestions. I would hope that none of your neighbors would do anything to harm your horses like poisoning them ect. I do know you must be in extreme emotional distress and I am really sorry this has happened to you :( I hope you find your answers and can find some peace.
    02-17-2012, 10:39 AM
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I am ruling out EPM...It wouldn't cause a horse to have a seizure. Also, it wouldn't suddenly come out of no where like it did for you. It's slower moving than that.

My gelding had EPM and was very uncoordinated and unbalanced. You could pick up one of his legs and he would almost fall on you.

So sorry for you loss, that is just terrifying:(
    02-17-2012, 10:52 AM
Green Broke
My heart goes out to you. I know the devastation you must be feeling - I would be if I had to put my two boys down. I hope you find out what caused this so you can prevent it from happening again. I certainly hope no one poisoned your horses.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Godspeed.
    02-17-2012, 11:26 AM
My heart goes out to you, I can't imagine loosing 2 horses in one day. I hope that you find out what caused their deaths soon!!!

My thoughts are with you! :(
    02-17-2012, 11:42 AM
How terribly sad. I heard that botulism doesn't really kill things, that it's not the main cause, it's respiratory failure that does them in. When they did an autopsy did that somehow check for that?

I'd rule out EPM because of the reasons Mango explained.

Although, This scares me because I feed the same grain to one of my geldings now. He's been on it for weeks and hasn't had any issues. Did anything at all come back in the grain sample?
    02-17-2012, 11:57 AM
Oh Botulism kills. Usually relatively quickly.

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