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  • maria_shahi Original Poster
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    I rode my horse the other day, was getting off and stroking his face and taking out his earplugs when suddenly, quickly fell to his right side and stood wobbly for about 3 minutes with his left leg in the air. Scared the crap out of me, as I thought he was having a heart attack and was going to fall down. After a few minutes he was able to put his foot down and regained his balance and it was as if nothing ever happened. I thought maybe he had just spooked and stepped on his coronary band and just stung himself or something and shrugged it off. The next day I went down and was just walking him around and letting him eat grass with me atop and the incident happened again. He fell to the side and was all wobbly, I quickly jumped off and he stood there holding his left leg in the air and wouldn’t put weight on it. After a few minutes, again, he was completely normal as if nothing had ever happened and completely sound. We did some neurological tests of turning him and having him cross his legs in each direction and backing up and he passed with flying colors. I’m not sure what could be going on. EPM? But wouldn’t he be more consistently off balance and why would he hold up his left leg? Pinched nerve in his neck? Could that make his left front leg hurt? Any other ideas of a diagnosis. Vet is scheduled to come out tomorrow but this will be hard to diagnose, I think, because it most likely will not happen while the vet is there. I’m very worried for my little guy. I have had him for 3 years and he has always been very healthy and he is impeccably cared for and UTD on all his shots. Please help! Anyone have any similar incidences?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Nothing like this has happened to me, but even if the episode does not repeat while your vet is present, he (or she) should be able to diagnose whatever the problem is through tests and possibly x-rays. We do have at least one horse at our farm with EPM, and it is being controlled quite well through supplements and herbal treatments. He’s had it for a longish time, and the only problems I’ve seen in him are occasional stiffness in the rear and not being able to canter. Neurological issues, in people as well as animals, are frightening and can be difficult to pinpoint. Were I you, I would put my faith in the vet. Please do post a follow up as to the diagnosis and treatment. I’ve seen horses do similar things with hind legs, but not forelegs (which is what I think you are saying).

    It is never the horse's fault

    maria_shahi Original Poster
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 11

    Vet was able to come out today and, of course, he didn’t have an episode, as I expected. She gave him an exam and did not find anything significant wrong. She leans towards a pinched nerve and suggested we get blood work done to rule out any infection or EPM. Suggested body work ( which she is an expert at) and he got sone chiro, mayo facial release ( sp.?) and acupuncture. Come back in two weeks with blood test results and more bodywork and if blood tests are normal, possible neck x-rays and cortisone shot in the neck. Carrot stretches every day. In three days he’s supposed to go back to work and see if it happens again. We will see how it goes……..

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Best of luck to you both. Please post updates!

    It is never the horse's fault

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