My horse has gotten sick and I don't know why
I have a 24 year old gelding, had him all his life. Over a week ago on a
I have had horses over the years demonstrate most of the symptoms you have, except for the circling left and neurological stuff. But two or three times over the last fourteen odd years of owning horses, I have had a horse stop eating, stop drinking, get very depressed, and run a very low grade fever. The vet treated it like a colic, gave the horse some fluids, etc. but I wouldn't describe it as a colic since the horse wasn't in any obvious pain, just not feeling well. Blood tests showed nothing unusual. Obviously the main concern is that it might develop into a colic since the horse isn't eating or drinking. In any case, it only lasted a few days -- probably within five days the horse was fine. Vet figured it was a virus of some sort.
Not sure if that helps you, especially as your horse was showing signs of neurological impairment, which is a lot scarier.
Thank you for your feedback. Just came in from feeding and Sonny seems to be doing fine eating drinking etc..has a longing look in his eye to go out wiht others but I'm afraid he may lose control of his legs and fall and get hurt. Tomorrow we will try him in the round pen where he is somewhat safe and I can keep an eye on him. Scary!!!!! I love this horse with all my heart, he has been my best friend for 24 years
most neurological cases are idiopathic, meaning we never figure out what is causing them. A lot will resolve on their own without ever knowing what the heck happened. Please do be careful though, have already seen two owners squashed by neuro cases this summer (thankfully they were not gravely injured!)
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