My friend e-mailed photos of a horse they have that is currently under a veterinarian's care, but the vet has run out of ideas as to what is wrong. After many tests, the horse was thought to have pigeon fever and was treated for pigeon fever. I'm not sure the horse ever had pigeon fever, but it was treated for it because of antibodies in her blood for the disease (as I understand it secondhand). The horse is also anemic and is being treated for that.
Outwardly, the horse has lesions all along it's back, on a hock, and some areas on it's neck. Some are open, some or just bald spots so far. To be honest, I told my friends that it looked like the horse was having it's butt kicked by another horse, but they said they have the horse separated, so it cannot be that.
My friends are about to the euthanizing point, but want to make sure their vets haven't missed anything. They are in a sort of isolated area, so they don't have a lot of choices in veterinary practices. Since the horse is QH, I suggested maybe getting a HERDA test done, to be on the same side as I'm not sure what else it could be that wouldn't show up in a regular blood test. Originally, it was thought to be rainrot, but progressed much beyond that point and I have seen some photos of HERDA that look similar to this horse.
Any ideas or suggestions? Anyone have any experience with HERDA? How did it start?
I do have photos of the horse on Dropbox and if I can get them to download, I will post them.
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Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :
Well then it wouldn't hurt to do the DNA test for HERDA. It's a fairly simple test. If that is negative, and they still want to continue, then it sounds like a trailer ride to the vet school is in order.