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post #11 of 18 Old 07-07-2019, 01:25 AM
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Wow! That Casper horse is one lucky horse. I would have quit long before that point!

I think i would go ahead and try ulcer medication for your ottb. I just started my Paso on nexium. I think it is helping. He never had any colic episodes but he is difficult to keep weight on and stresses easily.
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-07-2019, 04:15 PM
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I would look into the ulcers as a cause. The discomfort tends to be 24/7 but horses can develop a coping mechanism to deal with it right up to the minute that something happens that causes them to drop that self control. Thatís when they lose it.

Not sure where you are but I would get a Lyme Disease text done. It can produce severe neurological issues that often come and go.

Just winging it is not a plan
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post #13 of 18 Old 07-08-2019, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for the responses! Really appreciate it. Sounds like the ulcer angle is definitely worth exploring further then. Ironically I had been talking to a few people in the days before I got bucked off about Mg supps. I actually thought he was heaps better than the week before but was going to put him on one if he started to get more reactive again. (Just wasn't expecting a bronco session out of him last week.) I was seriously thinking about a trainer, it's just a lot of money to sink into a horse that may always be dangerous and there's no real way of being sure without having the training done. Wouldn't normally be a huge issue but because of the type of job I have, I'm going to be off work for at 6-8 weeks without any income (going to be fun 😕 ) By the same token I'm not sure I'd trust him enough to get on him with a weak ankle in a few months without being fairly sure he wouldn't put me straight back into hospital with another spontaneous crazy episide. I can't afford another few months off. Might talk to some trainers as well and see what they say. Fortunately don't have to worry about Lyme's disease where I am.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-08-2019, 05:33 AM
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Perhaps you might be able to find a good trainer that could at least evaluate him. If they're good enough, they should hopefully have a fair inkling whether or not it's worth putting in more effort.
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-08-2019, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Aqua View Post

Fortunately don't have to worry about Lyme's disease where I am.

You might want to do some research about that statement...

It is now the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the US and Europe and is found in Asia and Australia.
A worthwhile read, , many of what you described pegs your horse...

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post #16 of 18 Old 07-08-2019, 02:16 PM
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I'd definitely get him scoped for ulcers. It's definitely a possibility...also I would still test for Lyme. Regardless of where you are, it is possible. I'd at least get it ruled out. :)

I agree with @loosie on a chiro vet...could be pain related, all the bucking. Horses usually don't act like that for no reason. Sounds pain-related to me. Definitely something to get checked out before riding him, also saddle-fit can come into play; make sure it fits properly.

Good luck! Keep us posted.

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post #17 of 18 Old 07-09-2019, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again everyone. I'm in a low-tick area (I've never seen one locally) of Australia where the presence of Lyme's disease is still up for debate and I've never heard of a locally diagnosed case in a horse, so it'd be extremely unlikely. Vet's opinion is its very unlikely to be Lyme's disease in this area. I'd say it's be far more likely to be one of the other things mentioned.

Had saddle checked before started riding him. Was riding flatwork in a jumping saddle which isn't ideal. But was only doing short light sessions and the saddler had said it was fine for that. I actually had a saddler booked to do a dressage saddle fitting this week my old one doesn't fit and can't be used on him 😞 I really did try to do everything as well as I could.

May be at least a few weeks before I can act on anything that needs me to go out and catch him (like trainers, chiro or scoping) due to crutches +slippery uneven ground which is going to keep me from leading him anywhere, but I'll keep everyone posted if we find anything.
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-10-2019, 10:42 PM
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thanks for sharing the video with us- rider has talent and guts- really accomplished with her horse. more guts than i could manage even 40 years ago.amazing progress!!
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