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White Foot 06-23-2009 12:32 PM

I can't take it anymore!! H-E-L-P
I have a 20+ year old mare that has heaves and they can get pretty bad at sometimes. Every now and again she has what I think is a seizure and freaks out, runs though all the fences and wood. Today I wake up only to find her having one and she was out in the pasture so she tried walking through the fence and cut herself to pieces (poor baby).

I have tried telling the vet what she does but I think they think I'm crazy because they have never seen it. I always try to tape it when it's happening to show the vet later on but I'm in such a panic of getting get halter on and away from the fence to get a video.

This is what it looks like when it happens..
1) Starts pacing back and forth, her veins get really big. Her nostrils flare.

2) Her eyes roll back into her head so all you can see is the whites.

3) She starts convulsing and shaking uncontrollably.

4) She either falls or is REALLY REALLY REALLY off balance and can't walk straight without almost falling over.

5) She gets scared and panics and runs into the fences, cutting herself up or banging herself on everything.

6) This happens for about 10 mins.

7) She starts to calm down and walks in circles, not a strait line.

8- More circles until she is almost back to normal.

The after math of all this happening today is cuts all over her form the fence and lots of swelling from banging herself on the boards.

White Foot 06-23-2009 12:34 PM

I would call the vet out but their is no sense because this has happened before and we know how to handle all the swelling + cuts. The vet has no idea what I'm talking about because they have never seen her in action and I know it must be hard to diagnose something without seeing it.

The last two times we called the vet out and they would get here and she would be back to normal so that would waste about $200 in emergency vet calls.

I'm thinking of putting her down because she is older and her heaves weigh her down SO much. I don't know D;

I will post the video.

Solon 06-23-2009 12:42 PM

Then you really need to contact a DIFFERENT vet.

White Foot 06-23-2009 12:59 PM

I got this video off youtube and it looks EXACTLY like what labre does, but hers are more violent.Check out these Youtube videos, this is what she looks like....

White Foot 06-23-2009 01:02 PM

Solon, I've had her for 9 years and in those 9 years I've had exactly 5 or 6 different vets. None of them can tell me what is wrong. I also know alot of people who went to school for large animal science and equine science, they still can't tell me whats wrong. It's not easy as all to find a vet where I live. I currently have two vets that are in close proximity to me and they are still an hour and a half away.

Unlike most I don't have vets at my disposal, I'm very very limited.

White Foot 06-23-2009 01:04 PM

This is her in the last 5 minutes of the whole thing.

In this video its almost like shes alert and is trying to walk away in a straight line but can't.
2009_0303memememe0001.flv video by rachiiee90 - Photobucket

Sorry about the dumb dog, I know he wasn't helping.

Maynme 06-23-2009 01:07 PM

Wow, thats horrible! How often does she have them?

White Foot 06-23-2009 01:09 PM

Maybe once every month or two.

Sometimes she can go months without having one or even having signs of one.

The only thing she's on is dexamethasone tablets for her heaves.

PoohLP 06-23-2009 01:21 PM

Maybe it is a seizure? Apparently horses can get epilepsy, but it is rare for vets to actually see a seizure. I don't know if there is anything that can be done to help it, but maybe it might be something to look into, to see if that is what your horse might be experiencing. A couple links I found..

The Horse | Seizures$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/hrs10688/$FILE/epilepsy_in_horses.pdf

Current Therapy in Equine Medicine - Google Books

White Foot 06-23-2009 01:25 PM

Yeah, everytime I try to get someone out here she's back to normal and they are like "umm ok?". Thanks

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