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    06-29-2012, 11:16 AM
Originally Posted by Jewelsb    
Does epm ever go away? She's is absolutely stunning I hope it's not epm.
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From what I understand, No it doesnt.
I'm not an expert on it by any means...had actually never really heard of it til out gelding ended up with it at the beginning of the year. 80% of all horses will test positive for the disease simply because they have been exposed to it. That doesnt mean they will show symptoms of have what I call and "episode". I read in an article yesterday that its 1% of horses that have been exposed that show symptoms. It can be treated...the parasite killed and damage frozen...but it can't be cured and there is no reverse on the damage done. There is a 30% relapse rate on horses who have previously shown symptoms and been treated wit treatment being less effective the second...third or fourth....time around.
I have also read that it is becoming a much more common disease then it has been in the past.
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    06-29-2012, 02:19 PM
I'm guessing their exposed to it from the hay we feed them then?
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    06-29-2012, 02:40 PM
Most of the horses in our area will test positive for exposure to EPM - most likely due to the high number of opossums in the area. Few actually develop the disease, fortunately. Opossums will defacate on hay and in exposed feed...or in the grass that is eaten by the horses. There are also other animals that can carry EPM - such as raccoons - but opossums are the primary culprits.

Skyebird03 - I hope that your baby is negative for the disease and that the heat/dehydraation are all that's really wrong. Did the vet say how long it would take to get the test results back? Maybe the prognosis/outcome won't be as bad as your previous encounter with the disease if the test is positive, because you knew what to look for and may have caught it pretty early this time.

Sending healing thoughts, prayers, and hugs your way...
    06-29-2012, 02:49 PM
I am so sorry you're going through this. We had a 3 month ordeal with a friend's mare being suspected of EPM. After multiple negative tests it was determined that they believe hers was actually a flexor injury coupled with some chiropractic trouble (possibly kissing spine, etc). She's still in physical therapy. I doubt she'll ever fully recover.

It was very, very scary with her being pastured with my horses. I didn't know what EPM was, and they even suspected West Nile. So I held my breath for months hoping nothing would come up in my horses too.

It's in the 100's here now and our horses are dragging around too. I go out and spray them down with the water hose for relief. Maybe that would make her feel better and she'd perk up a bit?
    06-29-2012, 04:27 PM
My horse drags his back feet a lot but that's because he gets really sweaty and dehydrates really quickly. Usually its only in hot weather.
    06-29-2012, 04:31 PM
I am praying its the heat. Its been in the low 100s for a few days now. Our other two are slightly off because of it but not as badly as Ember. At this point I would be glad for a case of West Nile or lumbar disease or something just so we don't have to deal with EPM again. Charlie got so bad so fast....
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    06-29-2012, 05:08 PM
We should have results back today or tomorrow...
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    06-29-2012, 05:10 PM
We should have test results today or tomorrow...
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    06-30-2012, 02:31 AM
Fingers are crossed!
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    06-30-2012, 01:30 PM
We called the vet this morning because we hadnt heard anything yet. Found out the test results are in but the vet that drew the blood has to tell us what the results are and he wont be in again until monday.

Not to thrilled with that

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