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Weird Symptoms - Any others?

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  • Weird Symptoms - Any others?

    I have a 6 yo old gelding that had one of his best schools ever on a Wed. By Friday he stepped off a hind shoe with no signs of trauma. Farrier came on Sat and also noticed how stiff he was getting. No temp, no other issues, just stiffness and very minimal edema in hocks/knees. Cantered up for dinner etc. everything else normal.

    Horse was treated for Lyme last spring, presented with similar coordination problem. So we drew blood and started doxy. By day 4 of doxy horse was worse. Still eating fine, manure & urine fine, still no temp. BUT started becoming more wobbly. Standing like laminitic, but no heat in feet and not a huge pulse. Vet out, put horse in Soft Ride Boots, pulled doxy, started GI support (Gastrogard, Succeed) and 2X day banamine.

    Lyme test came back negative, blood work and functions also look fine.

    Horse has been eating fine, but still walking with some difficulty - once he gets going, he looks better, almost like he has to get his joints moving again.
    Any Ideas or similar weirdness ?? Any Help appreciated!

  • #2
    He could have gotten cast in the middle of the night and extricated himself without human help, banged up rolling in the field or an unseen slip/trip and fall-they are good at that stuff.

    If you are lucky, he just bruised himself and maybe pulled a few muscles. I have had a couple be sore for about a week to 10 days from god knows what they did to hurt themselves. They stood like their feet hurt and had minor swelling in knees and hocks, vets best guess was a wrenched back and/or bruised rib with lower limb contusions. They recovered completely within 2 weeks.

    I dunno, EPM is a possibility but it sounds like he just hurts here and that usually does not cause any acute pain. Since his bloodwork and vitals are good, I'd just wait and see for a week or so.

    It's hard but doubt there is anything esle you can do for now but wait. If there is no improvement by next week, then you will need to persue it further.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


    • #3
      Totally agree with findeight. Sounds to me like he probably got cast or fell. I'd have him looked at by a good chiropractor and massage therapist.


      • Original Poster

        Thank you for the replies. Horse was out in the pasture when shoe was pulled and there were no other signs of mischief or signs of injury. Vet also does accu/chiro and just checked him last night for the 4th time and is completely mystified as well.

        On the first call vitals were so elevated that it was thought he was having some kind of toxic reaction, possibly to the doxy (?). It has been 6 days since stopping the doxy. Vitals are normal now - and all testing is showing negative. Thankfully he still eats and all normal functions - but he is down a lot. Perfectly happy to get up for food though. 11 days so far.