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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Well I don't know anything about Wobblers Syndrome in horses, but my 11 month old puppy has it fairly severely. He undergoes strenuous therapy every week to build and retain muscles and retrain his nerves, but when you look at him you can still absolutely tell that there is something wrong with him.
Have you ever seen this horse have an episode? To me it actually sounds like it could of been a misdiagnosis- as wobblers is generally fairly consistent with its appearance. It doesn't just turn on and off. There is a possibility that this horse might instead have Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (SP?! No idea if I even pronounce that right much less spell it) or even Cerebullar Abiotrophy.
If she does have episode of whatever this is often though, I absolutely would not ride her. If they were very rare and you warm her up well (watching for folding of her fetlocks, shakiness in the rump, etc) I'd think that a leisurely walk or trot around the arena might be ok. Its just hard to tell without having seen her have an episode.
My dog, dispite his problems, still behaves like a normal dog would. He (attempts to anyways, he looks pathetic) jumps, runs, plays, and causes lots of trouble, and he doesn't seem to know theres something wrong with him. Its my job to regulate him though and make sure that he doesn't stress his body too much though, because its weaker than the usual animal's. I'd say the same goes for this mare. I'd have another vet come out and check her for wobblers, and see if that's even what she has in the first place, then go by their suggestion as to whether or not she can be ridden.
Also a side note, Wobblers actually can be hereditary in some cases. It comes in different forms and I believe that Equine Wobblers Anemia has been found to be hereditary in a few cases.
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