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post #1 of 5 Old 06-15-2014, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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I think my horse may have lymes disease

I have been researching lymes and my horse seems to have the symptoms. My trainer mentioned it and I think she is right. He went from being such a willing horse who would rarely stop to one that won't go over a cross country jump without stopping at least once and is unwilling to go forward. In our past two events we have been eliminated in show jump and with me being unhappy with our dressage as well (unwilling to go forward and not using his back), so we thought it would be a good idea for my trainer to take him to an event to give him some confidence at this height since he is a pony and has to make a bigger effort over this height than a horse .They did dressage and in warm up he was immediately extremely lazy and then was sticky to get into the canter so she used the whip and he let out a huge buck and then other ones during the warmup. Towards the end of the warmup he was getting better but still just not putting all his effort into it. He bucked in the canter transition during the test too. He never bucked with me the first year I had him unless we were on a trail and he was excited. After the test she was telling us how she could tell he just simply just didd not want to work. That's not the Onyx we have known for all the time his previous owner who took him novice had him and since we have had him. He also backs up to say I don't want to go forward which I saw many people noticed in their horses who had lymes. Does it seems like lymes?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-15-2014, 04:03 PM
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Reluctance to engage and sloppier jumping can be symptoms of Lyme disease, sometimes there's stiffness or a reluctance to have their feet picked up, and quite often lameness and joint swelling. Your best bet is to call the vet out ASAP, they'll be able to run some tests and find out, don't leave it to speculation - It can be very difficult to diagnose, so I don't know how helpful we can be over the internet
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-15-2014, 04:04 PM
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There is a quick and easy way to find out. Have your vet test him. Could pain or a slew of other reasons as well.
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We are already having the vet come out tomorrow! I would have them come out today but it's the weekend so only for emergencies. Just wanted to know some opinions:)
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-15-2014, 04:17 PM
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We are already having the vet come out tomorrow!
Good!! Sounds like you are on top of things here.
Keep us posted, please.

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