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RE: [RC] OT: undiagnosed horse illness ??'s - Libby & Quentin Llop DVM

I hope you weren't exposed, because it could have been RABIES (dumb form).
It may not be too late to analyze the brain. Contact your diagnostic lab.
Quentin

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From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Deanna German
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 12:02 PM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] OT: undiagnosed horse illness ??'s


The horse was euthanized, so no diagnosis was made. Anyone here see
anything like this?

Elderly horse (well, he was 20, but looked and acted very elderly)
blind or nearly so, had been slowing down for a year. I saw him his
last 6 months and there was a definite deterioration in general
condition. There was a lot of concern about him for the last month or
so.

He was observed last week standing oddly in the pasture. Kind of like
front feet going one way and hinds going the opposite, bent in the
middle. A very uncomfortable looking stance. Friday, he went from the
uncomfortable looking stance to staggering in circles in a matter of
hours. The horse could not walk straight, couldn't be led. His front
end seemed OK, but his hind end wasn't. He was clearly in distress.
Gut sounds were near zero, but pulse and temperature weren't
elevated. Respiration was short and rapid. Anal tone flaccid.

I'd never seen anything like it. The vets here wouldn't even
speculate on what it was. Since I'm an information sponge, I'd like
to know if anyone out in RC land would like to speculate on what it
could have been.

TIA.

Deanna

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