In the same vein as “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til its gone,” you don’t know how UNHEALTHY your horse is until you’ve seen him get better. It took six months for me to realize how sick the horse had been when we bought him. It has now been one year since he completed treatment for EPM, and I think we might be about topped out.
The natural trimmer, Dawn Willoughby commented on him when she was out in February. The vet and the dentist commented on him when they were out earlier in March. WOW! This horse looks great. His coat is exceptionally glossy without oil or silicone. His eyes are bright. He trots out with a twinkle in his eye (and mischief in his head).
FUDGE is feeling better!
It has taken one full year for this horse to turn around. Good nutrition, no stall time, low stress, and trimming his feet. I am not as worried about a relapse now.
If you are dealing with EPM, you need to realize how low your horse’s immune system is. Your horse is broken. Take the time to fix him before you plan your next outing/show/hunt. It will take longer than you believe. It will take longer than your vet is willing to tell you. It takes more than one month of FDA drugs, nutrition, trimming, and money. It takes time.