Posts Tagged ‘symptom’

I got an email…

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

I received an email from Dr. Clara Fenger.  Not a household name?  Check the fine print on the Mayhew Scale print-out.  Dr. Fenger got her PhD studying EPM in the 1990′s.  She was one of the first veterinarians to notice early symptoms in the acute phase of EPM.  Dr. Fenger has a new blog about equine medicine, including information on EPM.  The link below is to a June post about EPM.  Thank you, Dr. Fenger for your work on EPM.

Dr. Clara Fenger’s Blog


Diving into Prevention

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Posts on the Yahoo group have indicated that owners trying the treatment Oroquin-10 on horses that previously had been ‘fully’ treated with other drugs was giving a measure of improvement in skin sensitivity or behavoir.  There is some evidence from the field trial that giving the preventative may help as well.  I’m going to take the dive, and give Fudge the preventative, and see if we get any improvements.  What I am aiming for, is improvement in the lips or tongue.  Fudge still drops a lot of the beet pulp concentrate each night.  He only gets a pound, but 1/3 of it ends up on the floor.  We’ll keep you posted.

Drug Trial Blog For those that are REALLY INTO this disease. ;-)

Conventional Wisdom

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

It has been nine months since the last relapse. Fudge has never recovered the full use of his lips and/or tongue. He still drops some feed, although not as much as he used to. He doesn’t respond to the bit well. Many EPM horses have neurological symptoms that don’t heal.

Conventional wisdom would send me to the tack store looking for a bit called “Doesn’t Respond to Bit Well,” or “Bit for Heavy Mouthed Horses.” I might try several bits, each more expensive and touted by a different trainer. I could end up with my very own bit library.

For each EPM neurological symptom that doesn’t heal, you need an uncommon answer. You need to be more than a casual observer, think outside-the-box, and search for solutions to work with the deficits.

I have wanted to try a bitless bridle for a few years on the Mustang. Why wouldn’t this work for Fudge? I borrowed one from the ‘bit library’ at the local tack store. I tried it on the Mustang during a lesson in the indoor (I like to keep the lessons interesting for the instructor at the show barn). After one lesson, I tried it on the Mustang in the pasture, and then went on the trail. I haven’t looked back.

All of the cougars have disappeared from the woods. The spooking is gone, the horse is relaxed, and I am much happier with the results. I have given up some lateral control, but I’ve just started a completely different way of communication. I’m making changes to my seat and legs. I have better brakes than I did with a bit.

I haven’t even tried the bridle on Fudge, but I will soon. In the mean time, he is ponied 2-3 miles at a walk-trot 4 or 5 times per week. Fudge is getting stronger, and has started to misbehave. I’ll have to ride him next time, and see how he responds to the bitless bridle.

A Bump in the Road

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

While the vet was out last week, I asked her to take a very close look at the bumps on Fudge’s chest that we blogged about in May.  They were scars at the time of purchase, and have grown since then.  After five months hematomas should have been reabsorbed.  They didn’t look or feel like any sarcoids the vet had seen. 

This time around Fudge stood very patiently as the vet probed, squeezed, and palpated his chest.  He trusts us now not to hurt him down there, and the pain from the injuries must have subsided.  She carefully examined and compared all the bumps/scar tissue/injuries along his neck and chest.  These appear to be the result of deep cuts through the skin and a layer of muscle.  The edge of the lacerated muscle has curled up, forming an egg sized lump under the skin, and a shallow pit where the muscle is missing.  This is a much better diagnosis than sarcoids.  Hopefully the muscle will stabilize during his time off for rehabilitation, and not tear further.

You’d think that if the horse had flaps of skin and muscle hanging from him, that the owner would have noticed, and then gotten him some veterinary attention to suture the wounds.  Yes, you’d think.

Don’t Sweat the Little Stuff

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

One of the symptoms of EPM, is odd sweat patterns, and unusual times of sweating.  In the pictures below, Fudge is sweating only on the left side, in the areas circled.  It was about 72° that afternoon, and not terribly humid.  The other two horses were warm in the remnants of their winter coats, but neither was sweating.  EPM may also effect part of the brain that controls body temperature.  EPM’ers often suffer stress and temporary neurological symptoms when the weather turns hot.

Abnormal sweat pattern

Abnormal sweat pattern

Circled in red

Circled in red