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    11-20-2011, 11:59 AM
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Yearling
Question Wobblers Syndrome

Ok... I've googled it, to me it looks like it is cause by an injury. But, my neighbor said his older gelding, 17 yrs, had the wobbles in the past, and now his Stallion, ?age, has it. Is it contageous? It doesn't look like it to me, but the way he's talking he thinks it is.

I'm not concerned after looking it up, but my dad is. My horse is at his place, across the street from the horses with the "wobbles". So, I thought I'd ask ya'll..... I also meant to look to see if it had been talked about already, but forgot until now, and I have this all typed out! Lol
     
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    11-20-2011, 01:18 PM
  #2
Foal
Has wobblers syndrome ever been veterinaty diagnosed in this individuals horses? I would talk to him and find out who diagnosed this (in both horses) and how. Get as much informaiton as you can.

Good information about wobblers syndrome: Wobbler Syndrome or Cervical Vertebral Stenotic Myelopathy in Horses

I don't think wobblers syndrome itself is contagious, no one particular cause has been identified. There is talk about genetics being a factor, as well as proper nutrition through pregnancy and development. I wouldn't say its contagious.

I'm wondering if your father is maybe worried about a viral infection? Which there are diseases that can present itself with neurological clinical signs. Examples EEE, WEE, West Nile, herpes virus (nEHV-1) or possibly EPM. EEE, WEE, and WN are carried through mosquitos. EPM through opossum (when horses ingest fecal material containing infection sporocytes). NEHV-1 presents
With other signs including fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, nasal discgarge and other respiratory signs (which are more classic then neurological).

I'm not at all trying to scare you but the main thing is going to be being aware and informed of equine diseases, use an effective vaccinaiton protocol and feed storage practices are going to be good preventative measures. You can talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns about keeping your horses where they are.
     
    11-20-2011, 01:29 PM
  #3
Yearling
Yes, I think, he's thinking is something viral. SHe has had her immunizations, Innovator 6, West Nile, rabies, etc.

They have never been together, except about 2 wks ago, I let them say "hi" over the fence when I was riding. I'm not worried, just wanted to give dad something more than just what I found on the one website. Thanks
     
    11-20-2011, 02:00 PM
  #4
Foal
I think as long as your using an effective vaccine protocol and good food storage to prevent contamination - you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
     
    11-20-2011, 02:38 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by VetTech2011    
Has wobblers syndrome ever been veterinaty diagnosed in this individuals horses? I would talk to him and find out who diagnosed this (in both horses) and how. Get as much informaiton as you can.

Good information about wobblers syndrome: Wobbler Syndrome or Cervical Vertebral Stenotic Myelopathy in Horses

I don't think wobblers syndrome itself is contagious, no one particular cause has been identified. There is talk about genetics being a factor, as well as proper nutrition through pregnancy and development. I wouldn't say its contagious.

A true wobbler is not contagious as far as any I have known. It can be a genetic problem that is often associated with long backed/necked horses.

My TB race friend never had the problem until she bred her one mare that tended to be on the longish side to a stallion. Got a nice foal and rebred back to that same stallion. By the time the first foal showed symptoms of wobblers the second foal was born and started to show the same symptoms at age 2 months. Both foals had to be put down. She then bred that same mare to an Arab and continued to do so and never had that problem again. She akso never bred any of her other TB mares to the stallion that sired the two wobblers and wobblers never showed up on her farm again.
     

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