I've had my new horse Flynn for a year now, and he is an amazing guy aside from his frequent episodes of tying up. I'm so upset that it has come to the point where I must sell him.
It started a month after I got him, he had been ridden regularly and was on minimal grain and 24/7 turnout. He had one major episode where he ended up covered in sweat, in lots of pain and his entire back end was trembling relentlessly. We had the vet out for banamine and selenium. All went well for about 4 months and then he had a minor episode, a bit shaky and sweaty but not too major, we skipped the selenium this time.
Then came the second major attack 2 weeks later. We had the vet out and he suggested not giving him his selenium mineral for 4 weeks and giving him 4 weeks off so we could get an accurate blood test.
A blood test showed high levels of muscle damage and slightly low levels of selenium, as expected. So we gave him some selenium and slowly started working him again.
In the last 5 months he hasn't been ridden too much and has still had 3 minor episodes, I think they would have escalated into major attacks if I hadn't jumped off immediately.
So, I'm going to contact his previous owner, who wanted to buy him back if we ever wanted to sell. I'm not sure what she will say since she didn't know of the tying up until it happen to me. She would only use him for the occasional trail ride, which he should be able to handle. That's probably my only option for selling since no one would buy a horse with azoturia.
Tonight I'm going to visit my riding coach for advice, we'll see what she thinks I should do.
I'm devastated, I really really love this horse, he is a great boy. I just don't see any other options, I can't keep a horse that I can't ride.
If you made it through that huge story thanks so much, just need some support right now...