Many of you asked for an update on the necropsy
Preliminary findings show botulism as the cause.
The vet said she had a pretty advanced case by the time we got her to the
clinic. But even if we had gotten her there sooner, the survival rate is less
They think it was probably from our hay. We feed
round bales. Sometimes, small animals get baled up in the hay and the
by-products of their decomposition contaminates just that little bit of hay and
the one horse that ate it gets sick.
We'll be watching the rest for
decreased tongue and tail tone
difficulty eating after the first two or three
unsteady gait progressing to an inability to
Their mind is not affected, like in WNV. Z was
fully alert until the very end.
Well, I'll be moving out to the pasture for a few
days. I hope I don't freeze to death.....
PS If anyone has a stallion by Baskiro, I am
considering rebreeding Z's dam to a stallion of similar breeding to her sire.
Not that we really need another horse, or could ever replace our precious Z