Dressage and EPM - Any recover to status quo
I suspect my three year old Georgian Grande gelding has it. I swear I'm beginning to think buckskin horses are snake bit as I lost his full brother to a broken shoulder.
This will be the second horse I've had come down with EPM. Unfortunately this area is covered up in Possums. But with 3 big LGDs roaming the property, we never see them any more.
The first horse I had recovered almost 100% but not quite. Working a 20 meter circle at the canter was really hard for him. Now I'm seeing the same thing in this gelding. I let him off for 3 wks while I got a greenie going more reliably under saddle. Put the GG back in work Thurs. evening and both on the longe and under saddle he just wasn't right. No limping but didn't want to go into canter really in either direction; would not hold the canter; and tripped, ALOT. Not like him at all. Will be calling the vet on Monday to come out ASAP. If EPM, I think I've caught it really pretty early as I know this guy. My question is, has anyone had a horse with EPM with hindend weakness presentation that recovered 100%? Was it a constant rehab situation where the horse had to be kept completely fit all the time to stay where you wanted him? Did you work the horse at all during treatment? I did not last time so as to minimize stress.
Some do recover and go on to do well...
My trainer had a TB that was diagnosed with EPM when he was a three yr old. (This was about 20 yrs ago and they've made considerable advancements in treatment since, back then the horses were treated for like 6-9 months). He lost a lot of muscle tone in his hind end, more so on one side than the other. He actually wore a special shoe to help with his uneveness for almost a year.
Trainer took a little over a year in rehabbing this horse...when she first started, he couldn't canter, couldn't do a 20m circle at a trot without stumbling or wobbling all over the place. Rehab was slow and consistent with an emphasis on rebuilding muscles, balance and confidence. After 18 months, you would never have thought anything had ever been wrong with him.
Horse went on to compete thru PSG dressage, Training Level eventing and then was a lesson horse until he was put down at age 19 due to an injury. So yes, some can come back and do well.