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.A.j. 06-03-2008 03:55 PM

Azoturia/ "Tying Up"
Flynn had his second episode of Azoturia last night, we had the vet out and he gave him a shot of selenium and vit. E and a shot of banamine for the pain.
I was just wondering if any one else had this issue with any of their horses.

Here's a link for more info

Since he's outside 24/7, is on a low grain ration, with high selenium/E mineral, and is never worked overly hard, my vet suggested that he may not be absorbing the mineral properly.

Just looking for anyone's advice for managing a horse prone to azoturia.

Ryle 06-04-2008 11:30 AM

There are lots more causes of tying up than just selenium deficiency. Has your vet done any bloodwork? He could test the selenium levels to see if that's even a problem.

A really good history including everything you can think of like diet, exercise, stressful situations, etc around each attack can also help determine what is triggering the attacks.

.A.j. 06-04-2008 02:40 PM

My vet suggested that since he's on a very high selenium mineral, we would have to take him off of it for 2-4weeks to get accurate blood results.

He was given a shot of selenium/E last time and has been fine until Monday so I guess we just assumed that solved it.

The first attack was under normal circumstances, he had been doing light jumping work and some flexions (I've only had him since October 07) we knew that the previous owner had not given anything other than a blue salt lick, so we assumed the heavy work load may have "used up" whatever little selenium he had.

The second attack seemed very strange since he was being worked very lightly in the past few weeks (exams coming up so ridden only twice per week: Monday and Thursday).

Are there any other precautions I can take?

moomoo 06-04-2008 02:44 PM

Misty had that once, she was on box rest for a few weeks until the levels of whatever it is :oops: (was over 2 yrs ago) had gone back to normal, then for a month or 2 she got fed a powder supplement with her feed. :)

moomoo 06-04-2008 02:46 PM

I just thought, another name for it is "monday morning disease" hunt horses used to get it after a day off unless you halved what you fed them (as they were doing no work that day) Don't know if that helps, just a thought...

.A.j. 06-04-2008 02:47 PM

yeah I've heard that too moomoo, thanks.

He's on pasture 24/7 and gets a tiny handful of sweet feed just so he'll eat his mineral so I don't think that should be too much of a problem,
thanks though

Ryle 06-04-2008 03:17 PM

Here is a good article for you to read.

.A.j. 06-04-2008 03:27 PM

thanks so much, very helpful!

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