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Purpura hemorrhagica....

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  • Purpura hemorrhagica....

    Our canter mare has developed this...Into the second week of treating her now at home....she went through sales in Ocala and Keeneland so imagine she had been vaccinated against strangles..

    Anyone know of good outcomes ?


  • #2

    Take a look at this link.

    Jingles to your mare.
    My mom didn't raise no jellybean salesman!


    • #3
      There was a top show jumper that had it very badly a while back (maybe 1990's), maybe The Jone Boy? There was an article about it in Practical Horseman. He was very ill, lost a lot of skin as I recall, but came back to jumpers.

      Good luck--autoimmune issues are so tough!


      • #4
        I had an event horse that recovered very well after several months of treatment! Good luck!
        4..3..2..1...Have a nice ride!!!


        • #5
          Originally posted by LAZ View Post
          There was a top show jumper that had it very badly a while back (maybe 1990's), maybe The Jone Boy? There was an article about it in Practical Horseman. He was very ill, lost a lot of skin as I recall, but came back to jumpers.

          Good luck--autoimmune issues are so tough!
          Yes it was The Jones Boy, owned by George Morris and ridden by Katie Monahan

          The horse was at New Bolton for many weeks. He had a lot of skin grafts from pigs. He had to have new skin grafts quite often. GM sent a groom down to stay with the horse full time.

          I remember, in the article, GM said it cost him $25,000 to get The Jones Boy through this, be he did come back. Not quite to the incredible jumper he had been but he jumped in GP's again.

          He had come back from the World Cup in Sweden right before he got sick. It was assumed that he caught the virus over there.

          BEST of luck with your horse. I hope you have caught it early. From what The Jones Boy went through, it is a horrible, horrible disease.
          "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

          Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump


          • #6
            I had a gelding, in the late 90's, that had purpura. Right in the middle of the hottest weeks of July and during the week of county fair - I had my other horses and kids at the fair and was running back and forth 4-5X/day to nurse him here at home. It was very intense for a few weeks, but he did recover. He had never been vaccinated for strangles. My other (4-5-6-whatever we had at the time ) horses weren't vaccinated, none had ever had strangles, none of them had purpura.

            Best wishes and luck for you and her.
            The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton


            • #7
              We had a horse at barn that had it that- it does take time and patience to deal with but her horse came through fine. It did take 3-4 months to clear it up and it wasnt a particularily bad case.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks all...We did catch it early. I was around a horse that developed purpura in the 90's and he was euthanized, but I didn't know the full details....Then. the internet is full of horror stories...



                • #9
                  Bonnie (my Irish mare) had it as a weanling. I have pictures at home I can post later after half her hair fell out--she looked GOD AWFUL, lost weight, had terribly swollen joints . . . recovered 100% and is now a healthy, strapping mare, aged 13 and never so much as a sniffle since then.
                  Click here before you buy.


                  • #10
                    He had come back from the World Cup in Sweden right before he got sick. It was assumed that he caught the virus over there.Quote-Lord Helpus

                    It isn't a virus, it is an autoimmune reaction to Strep equii. It can be exceedingly nasty.

                    To the OP. Many jingles! I hope catching it early does the trick.
                    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                    • Original Poster

                      Update....Off antibiotics for a week and no wrapping/leg swelling for 10 days...She never had enough swelling to slough any skin either, just fattish legs....She is in good weight and busting at the seams to get to work again!



                      • #12
                        That sounds remarkably wonderful! Still jingling though.
                        Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                        You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.


                        • #13
                          Great news! I had a mare with PH about 8 years ago -- she ended up terribly scarred but I didn't have the resources or the time to spend on her scarring (have bankrupted myself on both counts keeping her alive!). She lost skin and was one big open wound -- heck, her lips fell off. But she survived and that's all that matters to me. She looks like a fire victim and makes for quite the conversation piece...
                          Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.


                          • #14
                            That sounds like a wonderful outcome! Thanks for posting back!