Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
If that is all your vet did, then I suggest you find a new vet.
When my horse showed signs of imbalance, dragging hind feet and falling down we had bloodwork done, my vet did a thorough hands-on neuro exam to see how bad he is and grade him, and took him up to the clinic for a DMSO drip immediately which helps to reduce swelling and could help most things that would cause those symptoms. My boy ended up with EPM. However the possibilities could be EPM, wobblers, head or back injury, toxic plants (braken fern, rye staggers, poke weed, etc), WNV (or any number of the other viruses that cause neuro symptoms), and so on. There are so many possibilities and the symptoms are so similar you can not rule any one out just by looking at the horse. In fact EPM needs a spinal tap to be done to be 100% sure.
A guessing game could be the death of your horse, where a diagnosis could help save your horse. It took a couple months of meds and a year of rehab (most done myself with hand walking and such) but he is now back to being a good trail mount. Without the diagnosis I probably would not have my horse.