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mell 12-02-2007 06:42 PM

sad:( i dont know what to do!!!!!!!..EDITED-recent news...
this year my horse was turned out for winter and has been back for a couple of months. just before he went out, he would get disunited at the canter alot, but i didn't think it was to serious. when he came back he kept doing this but it was just on the right rein. i got the chiropractor out and he said it was a pinched nerve on his left side that ran down to just about where the girth does up. apparently he fixed it.
i rode him on the weekend and his trot on the right rein was better and he was more wiling to flex to that side but he still got disunited at the canter! the chiropractor cost $80 (australian) what should i do?

also at the start of the year my mum was picking me up from school and i was going straight to my instructors house to have a lesson, but when they arrived at school my horse was going down in the float. he had sweat from head to toe. the vet came and said they couldn't find anything wrong with him.
its like he goes to pass out, then wakes up and starts climbing the walls to regain his balance! he has been floated all his life! however he will stil float in angles and trucks?!!! he is ok if you go really slow and someone is in there talking to him. but we can't do this all the time, its dangerous, illegal and takes three times as long to get anywhere!!!!

have you any ideas as to whats happening?
thanx in advance!

EDITED: This has been going on for ages now, its moving quite slow. Our local vets didn't come up with much, the best they came up with was a stomach ache! :shock: :? anyway my stepdad used to be friends with a vet that teaches at the Sydney university, his name is Chris.. someone. He tracked down his number and rang him. He said the best equine vet in our area was a guy in Tamwoth, (i cant remember his name right now) and to talk to him. We rang him and he said that it did sound neurological and was probably caused by a equine herpes virus and that had did something to his brain. We asked if we should bring shad down for him to look at but he said no it would be a waste of money. He said that he was sure it was this type of neurological problem, but there is a chance it is not. The only way to find out if it is, is to get a MRI. The only place they do this in Australia is at the Sydney university. If it is neurological (which is pretty likely) it cannot be fixed.

If you are unsure of which horse i am talking about, its Shadow, my black horse, there have been pics posted around the forum of him. i have basically lost all hope that i will ever ride him again. its sad, he had so much potential. Well i would really like to take him down to get an MRI to find out whats going on.
When i find out more i will be sure to post it!

Ryle 12-02-2007 07:06 PM

What kind of exam did your vet perform? Did he actually do any neurological exam---tight circles, backing, walking down an incline with head raised? How old is your horse? Vaccination history on your horse? Where are you located? Were blood tests run on your horse?

From your description, your horse sounds to have a progressive neurological condition though it could be related to pain in the neck or back as well. This is a dangerous situation for your horse as well as anyone who is handling him and needs to be diagnosed and treated ASAP both to limit the potential damage and to ease suffering.

Frog 12-02-2007 07:15 PM

My mare floats like your boy, she has to have the whole float so that she can go diagonally otherwise she is a great big puddle of sweat after just a 20 minute drive.

As for the disuniting problem, I mare I used to own would do something similar (not saying it is the same thing) and my chiro found that she had a contracted groin muscle, it would tighten so much that she could not get her leg under her enough to weight bare on it. It could never be fixed completely and I had to have the chiro out every 3 months or so to loosen the muscle.

Where abouts in Aus are you?

mell 12-02-2007 07:49 PM

no it wasn't a neurological exam, she just took temp. heart rate, listened to gut sounds, etc.
my horse is 13. he gets the tetanus/strangles vaccination only. when he is being handled he is fine, he walks on the float fine and is generally good.

oh and i'm in NSW in the new england region.

Frog 12-03-2007 05:44 AM

Pity, the chiro I use is fabulous and he is also my personal chiro so I can personally vouch for him but he's in SA so not really much help to you :cry:

Please remember that not all problems are fixed with only one treatment and I know cost can be a big issue but maybe a few more sessions would help. It can't hurt

mell 12-03-2007 05:43 PM

he has been to the chiro 3-4 times in the past year already. the last one was a week ago. maybe he is still a bit sore? but that still doesn't explain the float problem.

Ryle 12-03-2007 05:52 PM

You really need a more thorough examination from a vet than just the usual temp, and look over. Your horse needs to be assessed for pain and neurological deficits.

Until you figure out WHY your horse is doing this you are just going to be throwing more money at it and probably not getting results.

mell 12-03-2007 09:08 PM

k thanx

mell 03-13-2008 05:17 AM


Vidaloco 03-13-2008 08:49 AM

Hows he doing mell?

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