Archive for June 20th, 2009

Hind Sight is 20/20

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

It has been five months since we first had the vet out to diagnose Fudge, and he is three months post treatment.  So where did the three-month pasture rest get us?  Fudge has continued to lose muscle mass in the rear end, although it seems to have stabilized now.  He has put on a little weight in a roll of fat over the shoulder and around the tail.  It is proportionately more than over the barrel, where his ribs can just be seen.  This disproportionate placement of both fat and muscle will probably continue until he has feeling and muscle control back in more areas

We believe that Fudge has lowered sensitivity around his barrel, including dropping when not urinating, and a strong suspicion that his continued loose stools are related to EPM.  He has had a fecal egg count, been wormed appropriately, and is on mostly forage and hay.

Fudge shows near equal atrophy in his rump, although his right rear hoof drags more severely than the left.  The side view shows the flattened, un-muscled rump, which is not characteristic of a QH.  Please, no comments about the grooming.  We had to dodge the daily thunderstorms over the past week to get pictures.

Atrohpy (loss of muscle) in the rump

Atrohpy (loss of muscle) in the rump

Atrophy appears equal

Atrophy appears equal