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post #1 of 55 Old 06-28-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Yearling showing EPM signs? Am I being paranoid?

I had a 13yr old TB gelding put down a little over two months ago due to EPM. The progression of the disease was the worst thing I have ever had to see and I am praying to God that I am just being paranoid now.

Two weeks ago my husband and I bought a yearling filly. She is usually fairly energetic out in the pasture with the other horses. This morning we noticed she was pretty "depressed". Walking with her head down, moving slowly. Not standing in with the rest of the herd..standing away from them. We also noticed she was dragging her back toes when she walks.

I have already called my vet and he will be here today. Do I have a reason to suspect EPM in this filly so soon after bringing her home? Do you think I'm just being paranoid and it could just be something else? Its over 100 degrees here today...maybe its the heat?

The other horses are not and have never shown ANY signs.
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post #2 of 55 Old 06-28-2012, 12:35 PM
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Hopefully it is just the heat... i know that with the temps soaring here NONE of my horses are acting like themselves ... they are all sluggish and just look depressed
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post #3 of 55 Old 06-28-2012, 01:05 PM
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My yearling acted that way when it was hot. But can't hurt to check!
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The vet just left. He did an external exam and drew blood. Wont have the results of that back until tomorrow atleast and then we all know that can come back a false positive. He did say there is a good chance its EPM.

I REALLY dont think i can handle going through that again
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post #5 of 55 Old 06-28-2012, 04:38 PM
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im sorry, ill be hoping for the best! umm what is EPM? << read about Sunny and I. Our journey
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post #6 of 55 Old 06-28-2012, 05:11 PM
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ouch.. It could VERY well just be the heat, or dehydration. Good luck, I hope it turns out for the best. EPM is a neurological disease caused by a horse eating opossum feces :). It can cause stumbling, lameness or dragging of the back feet, loss of coordination, and in extreme cases difficulty swallowing. That's pretty much the run down.

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We are hoping for something this point ANYTHING else. She has already been started on treatment just in case. Vet had some medication with him instead of the last time when we had to wait for it to come in.

I know there are other diseases out there that can cause the same symptoms...

At this point dehydration would be a godsend
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Thought I would attach a pic of our baby so everyone can see what we are praying to keep healthy.
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I really really hope he turns out alright. Lots of hugs your way!

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post #10 of 55 Old 06-29-2012, 07:35 AM
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Does epm ever go away? She's is absolutely stunning I hope it's not epm.
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