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post #1 of 6 Old 02-23-2015, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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brain damage

I know that a neurological issue could prevent a horse from being able to get up but does anyone know if a horse that has been down for 4 to 5 hours can develop brain damage so that he would not be able to stand.
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Usually it is brain damage that causes a horse to be unable to get up.

Any sign of trauma to the head?
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-23-2015, 11:37 AM
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No, a horse won't develop brain damage from being down. Sounds like the neurological issues are the cause of him being down, not the other way around.

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The best way we know of to get a horse up is to put ropes on its feet and pull it over to its other side. Then, try to pull it up to its feet with someone tailing it (pulling on its tail).

Being unconscious will cause brain damage but being down will not. Being down can cause fluid in the lungs and partial paralyses of the limbs on the ground so that is why you want to roll them over.

Cattle are different. Being down causes paralyses much quicker, but cows can get up when they have been down a long time if they are rolled over every day and given feed and water.

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In my experience horses that are down because of neurological problems tend to flail more than that are down and not neurologic. The neurologic horses paddle their legs, toss their heads and are really dangerous to be around. They get up and stumble or fall and lurch around. The horses that are non-neurolgic are quieter and more coordinated, they still fail but its more predictable and less spastic looking. Once up or halfway up they either get all the way up and are steady or they can't get up and sort of settle and lay down. There is less panic I guess.
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Being down does not cause brain damage. Going down can be because of brain damage.

A study was done of dairy cows where the cows were made lethargic chemically so they laid down and kept that way for various lengths of time with no intervention. It was found that if a diary cow was down more than 12-15 hours the chances of that cow ever getting up again on its own was reduced to a VERY low percentage (like 5% or something). These cows were not turned over or anything.

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